Residents at Oakwood Court care home in Haywards Heath and young people from the town were delighted on Friday 28 June when Mayor of Haywards Heath Councillor Alistair McPherson revealed their countryside themed art.
The art, which took two months to create, decorates an entire corridor at Oakwood Court care home and provides a lasting memento of this successful intergenerational project.
The open day brought together the care home residents and staff, young people, families, and visitors who enjoyed the celebrations which were part of National Care Home Open Day.
Councillor McPherson, Mayor of Haywards Heath, said: “It’s great to see Oakwood Court and Warden Park School collaborating in this wonderful corridor mural. I hope that many residents in years to come walk through feeling they are in the countryside. Thank you for the opportunity to open the corridor and I look forward to coming to more events in the future.”
Donna Carlos, Oakwood Court care home manager, said: “This has been a fabulous project, our residents have enjoyed spending time with young people and creating some amazing art which looks superb in our corridor. The big reveal today during National Care Home Open Day has been a great opportunity to welcome local people into Oakwood Court and to celebrate the lives of our residents and the contribution they continue to make to our community.”
National Care Home Open Day is now in its seventh year and the theme this year was ‘celebrating arts in care’ - aiming to demonstrate how care homes are creative communities. The day encourages homes to open their doors to celebrate a different theme each year, with key values at it’s heart: friendship, making connections and celebrating older and vulnerable people.