Caremark Bromley has planned and funded an Easter arts and crafts event, at Astley Day Centre, in hopes of bringing people living in the community together. Local elderly and vulnerable people, along with their care workers, were invited to come along on the morning of Monday 1st April to decorate cards, bird houses, spring flowers and Easter eggs.
All in all, 22 people attended the fully-funded event. Caremark Bromley, who provide in-home care to clients across the borough of Bromley, provided all of the arts and crafts materials. They openly encouraged their existing clients to attend on the day. Regular visitors to the Astley Day Centre were welcomed to take part in the activities and socialise with Caremark clients.
Laura Merryweather, from Caremark Bromley, planned the initiative, along with charitable organisation Certitude, in an effort to bring local residents together.
“Several of our clients are frequent visitors to the day centre and have made a lot of friends through the various events planned by Certitude. We wanted to thank them for the hard work they do for the community by sharing the event planning and donating the art materials, for their regular attendees to enjoy. As a local care provider, we’re also looking to get more involved with the community which, in turn, encourages our regular clients to take part in our free events and make new friends. It’s a win-win for all!”
Caremark’s client John had a brilliant time. Usually a man of very few words, when asked if he was enjoying the arts and crafts morning, he enthusiastically agreed and continued with the painting in hand. John often struggles to maintain focus on any one task, so his care worker, Nic, was over the moon that he enjoyed the event for the whole morning.
“John had a fantastic time. His Mum has even been in touch since to comment on how much he enjoyed himself. The session was busy and everyone had a great time. There were lots of different and interesting activities on offer and we were especially pleased to have more of Caremark’s team on hand to help host the event.”
Participants were invited to take their handmade cards, paintings, picture frames, money boxes, Easter eggs and spring flowers home with them, to share with loved ones over the Easter weekend.