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Dignity Action Day at Sycamore House

Date published: 11 Feb 2014

Posted by: Kate Duncan

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At the start of the month, City Arts was invited to celebrate Dignity Action Day at Abbeyfields’ Sycamore House Care Home.  This gallery contains photos from the day.

Residents, family members, friends and care staff turned out for the event where MP Lilian Greenwood and Nottingham City Councillor Eunice Campbell signed the National Pensioners Convention’s Dignity in Care Code. Subscribing to this code marks Nottingham’s commitment to its older people.

Entertainment came in the form of the Nottingham Clarion Choir and an improvisation act, and everyone enjoyed hot drinks and some fabulous cakes.  We brought along artist Jess Kemp who worked with visitors and residents to make paper birds.

The event was a fantastic opportunity for us to find out how people felt about our ideas for the IMAGINE arts and older people’s programme that, for the next three years, will bring arts and culture into the city’s care homes.  Using birdhouses for ballot boxes, we invited people to vote on and make suggestions about what the programme might offer.  Ideas included sing-along musicals, outings to art galleries, animation, mime & much more.

“This event marked the start of this exciting project and we are looking forward to gathering ideas from older people, their families and care professionals that will shape this innovative programme of work. As the theme for the day was dignity, older residents spoke about how they often felt ignored in society. This project offers opportunities for older people to make their voices heard through a wide range of creative activities and experiences. Many of the residents that I spoke to on the day had been artists and were keen to re-ignite their passion… once an artist, always an artist!”

Kate Duncan, City Arts’ Creative Programmes Manager