Halstead Care Home Gathers for Drawing Art Festival

Residents of the CARE home picked up their pencils and returned to the drawing board for a national arts festival.

Residents and staff at Colne View Nursing Home in Dame Mary Walk, Halstead, participated in the Big Draw Festival.

In partnership with the Big Draw charity, it was a successful third year for the festival which aims to promote the therapeutic benefits of drawing.

As part of the event, residents and team members created artwork around the theme of climate change, while talking about how the world has changed over the years.

Launched in 2000 as part of the Campaign to Draw, the month-long Big Draw Festival promotes drawing and has encouraged more than four million people to become arty since its inception.

This year’s “Make a Change” theme focuses on the relationship between people and their living environments.

The house says it provides a great opportunity for seniors to recall their favorite natural spots, how the environment has changed, and look to the future to find out what action can be taken.

Spokesman Kim Richardson said: “It was wonderful entering the Grand Prize for the third year – residents were quickly taken out of the raffle to get involved and put their drawing skills to the test.

“Creative pursuits play an important role in life here at Colne View, and we actively encourage residents to pursue artistic hobbies throughout their lives and to try expressive new hobbies through imaginative activities and creatives planned by our lifestyle team.

“Drawing has many benefits for older people, especially those living with dementia, as it provides an alternative way to communicate and express emotions, and an opportunity to relive happy memories.

“We certainly have budding artists here at Colne View, and we can’t wait to display our artwork in the house.”

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