Residents of Jewish Care homes were proud to sweep the board winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in a Barnet wide art competition for care homes. The prizes were presented at Barnet’s Silver Sunday celebration, 1 October, a nationwide day for older people in the UK celebrating the value and knowledge they contribute to our communities while combating loneliness and isolation.
Over 300 people attended the Silver Sunday event held at Woodhouse College, enjoying an afternoon of tea and entertainment together. Amongst the guests were residents and staff from the award winning Jewish Care homes.
Residents from Jewish Care’s Otto Schiff with Rela Goldhill at Otto Schiff were delighted to win first prize with the impressive wall display created from the recent arts programme at the homes where participants painting 42 squares that were linked with cables to create the complete piece. They were pleased to receive joint first prize together with Dellfield Court Care Home. Joint second prize was given to Rubens House’s for the elaborate wedding quilt made with the residents which incorporated their own wedding photos and joint third prize was won for a tiger painted bag, created by Clore Manor home residents.
All were presented awards by the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Salinger, winning vouchers, donated by Barnet Rotary, for new art materials for the homes. Entries from 20 care homes were exhibited at the event and the winning entries will also go on display in the Centre Court at Brent Cross Shopping Centre on Tuesday 3 October.
After the ceremony, Marietta Adami, resident of Jewish Care’s Rela Goldhill at Otto Schiff in Golders Green, said, “I’ve loved today, it’s been fantastic. I also really enjoyed doing the art work, I hardly missed a session and when I heard we had won I was delighted for everyone in the group and the artist, Matthew, who worked so hard to make this art display.”
Judging the competition, which was open to people 55+, were artist Ruth Goodman and Barnet Council’s Director of Adults & Communities, Mathew Kendall, who also led the singalong together with the Mayoress, Kate Salinger. Speaking at the awards, he said, “It was hard to judge the competition but we picked the winning entries for the skill and creativity they showed. It’s been great to see so many older people from the local community having a good time and connecting with each other today.”
Caroline D’Souza, Creative Arts Development Manager, commented, “Jewish Care is delighted with the success of the residents who have taken part in our arts programmes. We have worked hard within the organisation to create high quality, meaningful and engaging participatory arts programmes for residents across our homes over recent years. The success of our resident’s work within the local community is fantastic and we continue to strengthen our programme.”
Participatory artist, Mathew Larkinson, who led the art group at Otto Schiff and Rela Goldhill with the winning entry from Jewish Care, featuring an installation combining illustrations of 42 participants, said, “The project combined the talents of our residents, volunteers and staff and it’s come together better than expected. The fact that it’s being enjoyed by communities beyond the home is a real bonus. It’s great for the confidence and morale of the participants in all of the arts projects who enjoyed creating the art and celebrating this afternoon together.”
Councillor Sachin Rajput, Chairman of the Adults and Safeguarding Committee, said: “We value the contribution older people make to our society, which is why we have come together with partners across Barnet to celebrate with several fun events and activities in the borough. I invite older people to join in with Silver Week. This is a great way to try something new, make new friends and overcome loneliness and isolation, that some may be experiencing.”
Silver Sunday began Silver Week 1-7 October in Barnet where over 55 events will take place involving more than 40 community organisations. Silver Sunday is in it’s third year in Barnet and also takes place on International Day of Older Persons, which celebrates the talents and contributions of older people.