This Autumn four of Anchor’s London care homes will host creative activity residencies with arts organisations thanks to a partnership with arts charity Magic Me.

The care homes; Greenhive, Norton House, Silk Court and Rose Court will each host a residency with one of the following arts organisations: immersive theatre company Punchdrunk; performance & events collective Duckie; performance artist and activist Lois Weaver; and circus and aerial theatre company Upswing.

Each residency will last between 3 and 6 months, during which time the  artists and performers will run activities with residents, their families and care home staff, working together to create new artworks and performance.

Magic Me has a unique approach to activities, bringing theatre, cabaret and even trapeze into care homes. They aim to challenge the norm for the arts in care homes and have already held a series of very popular cocktail evenings with Anchor.
Susan Langford MBE, Director of Magic Me said today: “We aim to channel the colour and excitement of the arts into care homes, tapping older people’s creative energies and latent talents, to make and present new artworks and performances, both for the care home community and a much wider audience.  Because of frailty, dementia or low energy levels, older people in care homes just don’t get out to the theatre or arts events which many Londoners take for granted.  We are thrilled to be working with these four arts partners and Anchor to bring the very highest quality arts to older people living in care homes.”
Debbie Sharples Kirkbride MBE, Anchor’s Customer Engagement Advisor said: “This creative partnership will not only bring enjoyment and new experiences, both within the care homes and in the wider community, but it will also provide our care staff with specialist knowledge and training.  We hope this project will create a legacy of understanding about the delivery of the arts within a care setting, expelling the myth of what older people can achieve.”
The project aims to test new approaches and ideas, document what works and why, and share this learning with the arts and care sectors through published reports and seminar events. The residencies project will last two years and has been made possible by funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

You can find out more about the brilliant work Magic Me does on their website here.

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