Fun in the sun with Cranlea
CARE home residents and businesses have teamed up to create a dementia-friendly community in Newcastle.
Cranlea in Kingston Park opened its doors to the community as part of its work to help breakdown the stereotypes often associated with dementia.
Staff from Kenton Bar Marks & Spencer and residents joined together for the musical tea party led by artists from older people’s charity Equal Arts.
The Gateshead charity has been running a series of creative sessions at the Anchor-owned home aimed at helping residents and those living with dementia discover new interests or revisit old skills.
Cranlea manager Lynn Day said: “We wanted to promote knowledge about dementia in the area but it was also felt what was being offered to people living with dementia in terms of engagement just did not fit the bill.
“These weekly sessions have helped extend what is on offer for our residents while helping build strong links with businesses based nearby on the retail park.” The celebratory tea party on June 4 formed part of The Big Lunch, the UK’s annual drive to bring communities together.
Douglas Hunter, director at Equal Arts, said: “Many people in care settings rarely have the opportunity to contribute to their wider community by building relationships with schools and local businesses.
“Using informal training for businesses can build confidence and help people recognise characteristics of dementia. We were delighted we were able to take part in The Big Lunch and show how people living in care settings can be a part of their community.”
Judith Logan, menswear section coordinator at M&S, said: “With Cranlea being so close we wanted to build a relationship with residents and staff. Sessions like these are so simple but they enlighten our day and theirs. We all really enjoyed the day.”
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