This summer, our East Durham day centres are participating in a very special project through East Durham Creates team.
East Durham Creates is a project that has been funded by the Arts Council England, and aims to get more people choosing, creating and taking part in brilliant art experiences in the places where they live.
The latest project that East Durham Creates has been working on is called 'This Place We Call Home,' which aims to bring many different artists together with people who live in our communities. The artists share their skills with people who live in East Durham, with the aim of creating a large scale art work at the end of this process.
This year, 'This Place Called Home' is working with older adults who live in East Durham, and the Hospital of God is proud to say that we are a part of this project. Guests at our Minerva House day centre in Horden have been learning how to make and decorate ceramics, whilst over in Seaham, guests have been learning how to make mosaics. It is hoped that in Seaham, guests mosaics will form a part of our dementia friendly garden at the centre.
Caroline Robinson, East Durham Coordinator at the Hospital of God, stated:
"We are thrilled to be a part of this new project from East Durham Creates. Studies have shown the importance of the arts in empowering and helping people with dementia. According to the Arts Council, using art with people with dementia can have physical health benefits such as a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate, length of hospital stay and perception of pain. Art can also help improve self-esteem, confidence and more than anything else, engage our guests in meaningful social activities which are fun!"
We can't wait to see the finished piece of art work created at our centres. Watch this space for future updates!