Calling all care home activities coordinators!
Updated: May 11
In these times of few visitors and constrained budgets, activities coordinators in care homes might well be pleased to know about free, interesting and stimulating, talks on offer online.
They're put together by charity Whistlestop Arts. Anna Chaplain in Brighton and Hove, Emily Kenward, told us about the organisation whose talks may be based on areas of Sussex and Surrey but they are still of wide interest because they feature museums and other treasure troves.
One of two co-founders, Luna Russell is 'a maker and arts facilitator with a passion for using the arts to help make a positive change in people's lives. As an arts project manager Luna has developed a range of activities for all ages including families, young people and older people for organisations including Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester Cathedral, Surrey Arts and Horsham District Council. Her other independent work includes community projects, one example is Edge to Edge, a stitching project that took place across Horsham District.'
She also designs and makes silver jewellery through her company Silverdashery which embodies several of her other crafting passions. What's more Luna is a Dementia Friends Champion and Arts Award Advisor.
The Whistlestop Arts' talks can be played easily from their website and, once connected with the organisation, craft activities can be downloaded and printed with simple instructions. Luna would also be happy to put their talks on CDs for people who are unable to access the internet but who have a CD player. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Luna also knows our Anna Chaplain in Chichester, LouLou Morris, well. So we hope this will be an offer many members of the Anna Chaplaincy network and others working in the care home world will make good use of for the benefit of all care home residents who must be longing for good quality, entertaining and thought-provoking resources.