Residents at HC-One’s Summerhill care home in Kendal have kept in touch with their local community through the ‘Moving on Up’ project.
Before lockdown began, Summerhill care home were recipients of regular visits from a local community worker Nicki Smith and several students from different local schools. These visits encouraged the local children to get involved with the home, through helping create artwork with Residents and even performing a talent show.
Summerhill Residents were also invited to a retro themed coffee afternoon where the students sang and served teas, coffee and cakes to Summerhill Residents.
Over the last few weeks Summerhill Colleagues have been discussing how to keep the connection going despite nobody being able to visit. These discussions led to a project called ‘Moving on Up’. The project helps the community keep in touch as artwork created by the students of all different ages are put inside a template of a hand along with a few words describing which jobs they hope to do once they’re older.
Summerhill Residents enjoyed chatting about the jobs the students had written on their artwork and felt like this was a great way to keep in touch. Everyone at Summerhill hope that the local children will all be able to visit again soon to catch up with Residents.
Sean Moore, Summerhill wellbeing coordinator said: “These hand print artworks are a great way of reminiscing and finding out more about our Residents past professions in life.”