A new small experiments project has begun called ‘Creative Communications’ thanks to a partnership between Amherst Court, a residential care home in Chatham, run by Avante Partnership and funding provided by Ideas Test.
On Monday, 13 April, Luci and Wendy went along to Amherst Court and met 4 of the participants and activity coordinator to get to know each other over a cup of tea. They were soon talking about travels and life experiences in South Africa, including Cape Town and Nigeria. Other interests included gardening, feeding birds, singing, painting, drawing and movement for exercise.
The first delivery session included a mix of men, women and a dog. Pictures of ‘Table Top Mountain’ and ‘Agbokim Waterfalls’ in South Africa were circulated which stimulated conversation. Luci then delivered a warm up for hands, shoulders, arms and legs.
Following the warm up, Wendy began to finger cast and curiosity filled the room. The smell and sensation of the alginate became a talking point, including visits to the dentist and having your teeth moulded.
Towards the end of the session, playful peacock feathers and stretchy material along with music provided some fun and laughter.
Over the next 5 weeks, Luci and Wendy will be delivering more sensory dance, movement and visual art activities and towards the end some observations from a researcher will contribute to the evaluation.