On 16 September 30 Anchor residents and staff took part in the 2014 Surrey Arts Golden Years Festival at Birtley House, Guilford.

This celebratory event for older adults aims to encourage creative activities and provides free workshops in storytelling, creative seated dance, carving, mosaics, basket weaving and painting, as well as performances and demonstrations in dance, drama and singing.

Anchor care homes in the county have worked with Surrey Arts for the past two years to develop unique fun and meaningful daily activities for residents. The successful partnership notably saw the creation of an 80-strong Anchor choir which performed at the 2013 Surrey County Council Dementia conference.

Residents from Anchor’s Abbeywood care home attended this year’s festival to perform reminiscence songs including: “You are my sunshine”, “My body lies over the ocean” and “Show me the way to go home”, to an audience of around 100 people.

Anchor residents from Greenacres care home also contributed to the hugely successful festival by making crotched decorations for a unique garden labyrinth.

Jacqueline Cridlin, Anchor’s Community Partnership Manager for the South commented: “Working with Surrey Arts has been hugely beneficial for our Surrey care homes and our residents who enjoy creative pursuits.

“The festival has been a wonderful opportunity for residents to both showcase their existing talents and give new activities a try.

“We are all really looking forward to 2015 already!”

If you would like to discuss possible community partnership opportunities with Anchor, please contact the Community Partnership Managers to find out more about how we could work together.

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