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Art session at Premier Court's annual open day proves to be a masterstroke

Students from The Bishop’s Stortford High School (TBSHS) visited Bupa’s Premier Court to join the elderly residents in creating works of art that are now adorning the walls of the Thorley Lane East care home.

Premier Court opened its doors to the community on Friday, June 28 as part of an annual open day which celebrated the role of arts in care. The purpose was to encourage residents’ self-expression and to create meaningful experiences.

TBSHS students facilitated an art session and helped the residents and their guests create masterpieces on canvases using stencils and shapes.

At the end of the session, everyone enjoyed refreshments together, including a lemon drizzle cake made especially for the occasion by the home’s chef.

Jane Holly, Premier Court’s activity co-ordinator, said: “It was a fantastic day all round and everyone had a great time.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring people together, help residents build new friendships and celebrate older people in the community.

“The finished artwork is on display in the home if anyone from the local community would like to pop in and see it!”

Now in its seventh year, Care Home Open Day is a national event when care homes across the country are encouraged to invite their local community and the wider public to see what enjoyable and stimulating places they can be to both live and work in.

It encourages homes to celebrate a different theme each year, with key values at its heart: friendship, making connections and celebrating older and vulnerable people.

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