Ty Eirin Care Home in Tonyrefail, South Wales, has this week linked up their ongoing intergenerational work with a ‘Tree of Celebration’ art project, managed by Creative Mojo, a specialist arts and crafts organisation delivering creative workshops for the elderly and working particularly with people living with dementia.
The project focuses on Art in Care and will come to fruition on 28th June 2019 to coincide with Care Home Open Day.
Care homes from all over the UK are participating in the project, which involves residents decorating butterflies. These thousands of butterflies will then be exhibited on a large tree at Knightshayes, a National Trust property in Devon.
Ty Eirin regularly holds inter-generational activities with children from Tonyrefail Community School and on their most recent visit the Year 4 pupils (aged 8-9) joined residents for an extra special Creative Mojo class where they all worked on their butterflies together.
Resident Mair Howells (aged 88), said:
“It was such an enjoyable afternoon with the children. I loved it!”
Creative Mojo’s Sarah added:
“Intergenerational sessions are hugely beneficial for all concerned and the children from Tonyrefail Community School were keen to support our seniors. They were perfect ambassadors for their school.”
Class teacher Jennifer Hall has been impressed with the positive impact of the project on the children involved, saying:
“Year 4 are benefiting hugely from visiting Ty Eirin. It is allowing them to gain an understanding of complex, real life issues such as dementia.
"The children have said how much they have loved meeting new people, spending time with the residents and being kind to them.”
Ty Eirin would like to thank the staff and children at Tonyrefail Community School and Creative Mojo’s Sarah for their time, effort and hard work - and everyone is looking forward to seeing the finished result this summer!
Date published: 17 May 2019
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