Dumfries Care Home celebrates ‘Art in Care’

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Dumfries care home, Charnwood Lodge, part of national social care charity Community Integrated Care, has worked over the last 8 weeks on an art project ‘Roon the Toon’, which truly demonstrates what an important role art plays in care home – the chosen theme of this year’s Care Home Open Day, a national event being held on Friday 28th June.

The art project was a partnership with Art Inc who have worked with residents from the home together with pupils from Laurieknowe Primary School to develop a monopoly style game featuring local landmarks from the Dumfries area.

Residents at Charnwood Lodge didn’t want their friends at Laurieknowe Primary School, to miss out on the celebrations for the completion of the project, which would have been the case if they have held their celebration this Friday, as the pupils from the school will start their summer holidays and wouldn’t have been able to attend! So, a special event was held earlier this week, attended by Lord Lieutenant, Fiona Armstrong, residents, relatives, support staff, James Galloway from Arts Inc as well as the pupil from the local primary school as a celebration of the completion of the project. The pupils were delighted to play the game with the residents, the artwork completed during the project was on display and everyone had a fantastic afternoon.

People from the local community will be able to see the artwork from the completed project as the home will again open its doors on Friday 28th June 2019, everyone welcome.

Kerry Higgins, Service Manager at Charnwood Lodge said
“This has been a fantast project for our residents to work on and they have really enjoyed working with the children from Laurieknowe Primary School, sharing their memories of the area from when they were younger. We have developed a great relationship with the school and are looking to forward to working with them again in the next school year when residents will visit the school.”

Alison Tait, Chief Operating Officer at Community Integrated Care
“It is sounds like everyone has had a wonderful time working together on this special art project. At Community Integrated Care we are working hard to develop relationships within our local communities and the partnership with Laurieknowe Primary School is an excellent example of how important they are for everyone involved.”

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