Creative workshop is catalyst for discussion

Residents from Fernhill, our dementia care home in Longham, Dorset, enjoyed a creative day out in the historic Hampshire village of Buckler’s Hard.

They took part in a hands-on workshop devised especially for them and led by artist-in-residence Helen Snell.

Using laser-cut plywood stencils for frames, they designed their own spectacles taking inspiration from the surrounding New Forest landscape and their own memories.

Helen said: “They came up with a whole range of images that were inserted into the frames including free-hand drawings of scenery and people’s faces. It was a real catalyst for discussion about how they see past and present.”

Karen Grant A’Court, Activities Organiser at Fernhill, said: “Arts and crafts are a very important element in how we care for our residents and today, thanks to Helen’s expertise as an artist and teacher, we all had the chance to be creative.”

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