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Arts and Culture benefits care home residents

Date published: 27/10/2017

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 A group of primary school children will visit a local care home in Rochford as part of an exciting programme exploring how arts and culture helps social relationships between older people and care staff.
The project has been funded through Arts Council England to the tune of £125,000, which has enabled Essex County Council to launch the programme with the Anglia Ruskin University.
In Rochford, ‘Magic Me,’ the UK’s leading provider of inter-generational projects, have enlisted the help of award-winning animation and installation artist Emma Curtis and film maker, Jane Gull.
Working with Waterman Primary School and Broomhills Care Home, the school children will visit the care home each week.
The children will speak with the residents in care homes about the theme of ‘party time,’ as well as share their stories and thoughts about what a celebration means for both generations. 
Both the care home residents and children will then create an animation on their experiences which will be made into a final film. This will be screened at a sharing event at the school.
Eileen Thorn, Head Teacher at Waterman Primary School said, “Through learning to communicate with older people, our pupils are developing their own self esteem; developing respect across the generations and showing consideration of the needs of the elderly residents.
“This absolutely supports the fundamental values of our school. It has been documented that for elderly residents, working with children, has health benefits, including decrease in symptoms of depression, improved mobility and cognitive skills. We look forward to the end result!”
Cllr Susan Barker, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Community and Customer said, “Introducing arts and culture in care homes provides a wealth of benefits to residents and carers, I am delighted that we are able to facilitate cultural organisations in Essex through funding from the Arts Council.
“We are proud to work closely with cultural organisations in Essex who deliver valuable work to bring our communities closer together, and I look forward to seeing the film of everyone’s experiences.”
For more information about the programme contact Andrew.Ward@essex.gov.uk