For the last few weeks, the residents at The Sycamores Care Home in Wakefield have been kept busy; They have been making tiny ornaments out of clay and quick dry dough in their weekly arts and crafts sessions.

Once dried, they used acrylic paint to decorate them.

Lynne, the Activity Coordinator, said, “Then came the fun part, displaying them in the garden.
” We now have our very own fairy kingdom. The ornaments are adorable, and making them required good fine motor skills.”

Activities like this are an excellent “boredom buster”, said Lynne, and it is a chance to socialise while being creative. Been creative increases concentration, and seeing the fantastic job they had done boosted their confidence and self-esteem.

With the pressures of COVID, a Home Manager has to juggle priorities every day. It would hardly be surprising if arts activities did not always feature as a priority.

Steve, the Home Manager, said, “As a care home manager, I am interested in delivering an excellent service, and I’m aware of the contribution the arts can make to the well-being and quality of life of the residents at The Sycamores.”
“Lynne and the rest of the team have kept the residents busy throughout COVID with all sorts of different events, clubs and activities. It’s a pleasure to see the residents embrace all that The Sycamores has to offer.”

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