Pupils join care home residents for National Poetry Day
PUBLISHED: 22:33 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 22:33 16 October 2018
© Stephen Waller
A Bury St Edmunds care home opened its doors to the community to celebrate National Poetry Day.
Residents at Glastonbury Court were joined by pupils from Horringer Court School and visitors for a day or writing, reading and sharing their favourite poems around the theme of ‘change’.
Sharlene Van Tonder, home manager, said: “Here at Glastonbury Court activity-based care is essential in supporting residents to lead fulfilling lives and National Poetry Day was a great example of this.
“It was fantastic to have the local community and children from Horringer Court School join us for a day of poetry fun.
“It was wonderful to see how poetry can bring people from all ages together, everyone enjoyed reading aloud or being read to.
“As well as being calming and encouraging social interaction, poetry can help people to bring back memories from younger years. This can be especially beneficial for those living with dementia and can bring about a tremendous sense of satisfaction when memories are recalled.
“We had a wonderful time celebrating the theme of ‘change’ and sharing favourite poems with the local community, and would like to say a big that you to everyone involved.”