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Scouts and Hartismere care home residents pull off un-bee-lievable art collaboration




A Suffolk care home has joined forces with a local scouts group to take part in a international drawing festival.

Residents at Hartismere Place teamed up with Eye Beavers for The Big Draw Festival 2020 – an art and drawing competition focused on highlighting climate change.

Young and old came together to hone in on bumblebee conservation, drawing pictures which were later put together for a joint piece, which now adorns the wall of the nursing home in Castleton Way.

Art from the project has adorned the walls at Hartismere. (43131471)
Art from the project has adorned the walls at Hartismere. (43131471)

Abhilash Gopi, Home Manager at Hartismere Place, said that taking part in the intergenerational festival had improved the wellbeing of the elderly residents at the home.

She said: “We had a great time taking part in The Big Draw again this year, and it was a wonderful opportunity to put our creativity to the test.

“Art and intergenerational activities are a huge part of life here at Hartismere Place, and even though we may have been unable to meet in person, it was fantastic to partner with the Eye Beavers for the occasion.

“As well as being a great way to develop our artistic skills, intergenerational activities area wonderful way to improve wellbeing and provide older people with a sense of purpose.

The latest project marks the second time Hartismere Place, following last year, has taken part in The Big Draw Festival – an international event in which creative events, activities and workshops take place across the globe, with a focus on promoting art and creativity.

As with most care homes across the country, the ongoing pandemic has meant that residents have been forced to live under tight restrictions, with face-to-face contact with visitors kept to a minimum.

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