Today sees the first National Day of Arts in Care Homes, which celebrates the importance of the arts and creativity to enhance the health and wellbeing of both residents and staff.
Care homes up and down the country are taking part in the day and sharing on social media how they are engaging their residents and staff in the creative arts.
From small sessions, such as knitting, cooking and crafting to larger-scale live music and drama projects, there will be activities organised by care home themselves as well as activities led by arts organisations, galleries and artists in the wider society.
Managed by the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) and funded by the Baring Foundation and the Rayne Foundation, the aim of the project is to raise the profile of arts in care homes. It is also to demonstrate the positive role they can play in the wellbeing, happiness and health of residents, staff and relatives.
David Cutler, Director of The Baring Foundation says:
‘We believe that everyone has a right to participate in arts and culture right up to the end of their lives and wherever they live. Many care homes are becoming increasingly creative places, which is wonderful to see – but there’s room for much more! We hope that National Day of Arts in Care Homes will convey the joy that the arts can bring to residents, staff and families and be an opportunity for as many care homes as possible to get involved in small ways and large.’
Follow the hashtag #ArtsInCareHomes on social media to see all the activities that are happening today.