Tag: Creative Mojo

12 Sep 19

Residents of Lime Court get crafty for national day

Lime Court Care Home have been busy working on an arts project throughout August and September with arts and crafts organisation, Creative Mojo.

A group of people that live at Lime Court are rolling up their sleeves, taking out their paintbrushes and creating some colourful pieces of art. The hard work is all for the lead up to National Arts in Care Homes Day, which falls on 24th September each year. The day is organised by the National Activity Provider Association (NAPA) and Creative Mojo are working with many care providers to make the day a success. It’s a collaborative project with residents of care homes right across the country.

This year’s theme is Gardens Around The World, and over the weeks has been broken down into four different gardens across the globe. Most recently the people at Lime Court painted plants, flowers and vases with a Moroccan vibe. The home’s Lifestyle Coordinator, Sarah Meachen, said, ‘We really love our sessions with Creative Mojo. As everyone can join in, however big or small their contribution, they are always part of the finished piece.”

“It’s very much a casual social occasion, where we can gather together to have a chat, and it’s such a therapeutic feeling for people using paint strokes to create something beautiful.”

Alongside Lime Court, three other Excelcare Homes are busy in the background creating their own masterpieces ready for showcasing on the national day. Watch this space for more news on the event! In the meantime, you can read more about the Arts in Care Homes here.

10 Sep 19

Buchan House get crafty with Creative Mojo

Every month, Jenny from craft experience organisation, Creative Mojo, visits Buchan House Care Home for an all inclusive, hands-on, artistic session for anyone that wants to join in. Everyone is encouraged to have a go, as it’s fun, therapeutic, is a great way to socialise, and there’s a sense of achievement when something wonderful is produced at the end. Creative Mojo say, “With our workshops, there are no limitations, everyone can be creative. Our focus is on helping individuals’ ideas come to life.”

This time, to see off the end of summer, the group painted beautiful birds, flowers, beach huts and starfish to create a brightly-coloured beach scene. The pieces of art created are put up on display for all to see and enjoy afterwards.

Kathryn Adams, Administrator at Buchan House says, “We enjoy Jenny’s visits; it’s a great way for people to practice fine motor skills and gives them a chance to step out of their day-to-day lives. Everyone enjoys the chance to get messy and it’s lovely to see the outcome of their hard work.”

There are numerous published studies which have found that the cathartic and interactive nature of art therapy offers many benefits, both physical and psychological, including: promoting self-awareness, facilitating intellectual stimulation, improving cognitive skills and coordination and reducing anxiety and stress.