A splash of colour for sheltered scheme residents
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education
Budding artists living in Runcorn’s Brunswick House had a go at painting last week after a teacher held a series of art classes.
David Baker, a maths teacher from Neston High School on the Wirral, took time out from his summer break to teach older people living at Halton Housing Trust’s Brunswick House a variety of painting techniques.
Customer Bella Barker, 78, took part in the class and said: “David was a great teacher – he was so patient. As my eyesight isn’t too good, he really helped me and I’m made up with my picture.”
Karen Olson, scheme manager at Brunswick House and David’s aunt, hopes to arrange further classes for October: “The customers have been thrilled to bits with what they’ve achieved as many of them hadn’t painted before.”
Mathematician David, who practices art in his spare time said: “I really enjoyed hosting the classes. It doesn’t make me any money - I just get given some materials, which is great as I can paint more at home. As a maths teacher, it’s good for me to do something completely different. I also teach art at my after school club and it really captivates the children – they see me in a new light and they’re more engaged in maths lessons.”
David also plans to expand his classes to Halton Housing Trust’s Naughton Fields scheme in Widnes, where he will host a class in October.