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Sanctuary Care launches national arts programme


Published by Tom Glover for Sanctuary Housing Association in Care and Support and also in Communities, Health, Housing

Hawthorn Green resident Thomas Sinclair with a Vamos performer Hawthorn Green resident Thomas Sinclair with a Vamos performer

Sanctuary Care residents will be benefitting from a wide range of creative workshops and activities thanks to the launch of a two-year national arts programme.

On Wednesday 7 May, residents at the organisation’s Hawthorn Green Residential and Nursing Home in London enjoyed a taster day of creative activities to mark the beginning of an arts programme called Shine!, which will be rolled out in Sanctuary Care’s 61 homes across England.

The programme has been launched to shine a light on the talents of care home residents through a variety of creative arts including dance, music, literature, film and theatre.

Sanctuary Care has teamed up with a wide variety of arts partners to run Shine!, including Vamos Theatre, a full mask theatre company, Phakama, a youth arts organisation, Westminster Arts, a London-based community art charity and Ladder to the Moon, which provides support for healthcare organisations to develop vibrant, active and personalised care through resident activities and staff coaching and training.

On Wednesday, residents took part in an array of theatrical, arts and crafts and musical activities and were joined by Steve Wood, Managing Director of Sanctuary Care, and special guests Phakama and Vamos Theatre.

Corinne Micellaf, Artistic Director at Phakama, said: “We are delighted to be part of Shine! We have already run several successful projects with Sanctuary Care residents and are looking part to running further workshops at other Sanctuary Care homes. We are excited to see what we can bring to residents over the course of the programme.”

Shine!, which is expected to run over two years, aims to benefit over 3,000 residents living in Sanctuary’s care homes. The programme has been funded by the organisation’s parent company Sanctuary Group, and is part of its commitment to supporting projects and initiatives which benefit residents and the communities they live in.

Examples of projects included in the programme are: the creation of poetry books from residents’ stories and memories, a year-long film and reminiscence project that will result in residents producing their own film and hosting an Oscars’ ceremony and an ‘Edible Garden’ planting and arts project.

Sophie Atkinson, who is Sanctuary Group’s Director of Governance and Legal Services and heads up the organisation’s Community Investment team, said:  “We are excited to be working with a number of unique arts organisations over the next two years to engage with all of our residents.

“Sanctuary’s approach champions person-centred care and this project supports that by shining a light on the talents of each individual through a wonderful mix of creative arts.”


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