Finding ways to be creative, share interests and hobbies and connect with people is incredibly important. At Rochcare, we love to help the people we care for achieve these things in whatever ways are most appropriate to them.
Many of the ladies and gentlemen who live at Pendle Brook Care Home in Oswaldtwistle share a love of writing, and poetry in particular. This shared interest in poetry led to them creating their own book of poetry in August 2020 in conjunction with Creative Paths CIC. The book, a collection of short poems written by people living at Pendle Brook, is brightly illustrated and covers a range of subjects from car maintenance, a day at the beach and even a message to the Queen!
Explore the Pendle Brook book of poems here >
More recently, Claire Rothwell, the Activities Coordinator at Pendle Brook was able to connect with Poetry Together, an organisation that connects young people and old people through the joy of performing poetry. You can find out more about Poetry Together and the work they do here > https://www.poetrytogether.com/
Through Poetry Together, people at Pendle Brook were able to connect with Christ the King Junior School in Birmingham and spent the afternoon on Thursday 21st October together (virtually via Zoom) sharing their love of poetry and performing to each other.
The children, all from year 4 (8-9-year-olds) and their teacher Ms McWilliams, read the “Owl and the Pussycat” to everyone listening because they knew the people at Pendle Brook liked it. They then read it back to them. The children had also written some Halloween themed poems and recited them to the residents, much to their delight.
It has always been a priority at Rochcare to enable the people we care for to live full and fulfilled lives where they are encouraged to explore whatever makes them happy. Taking part in Poetry Together is just one example of this in action. Explore more activities from Pendle Brook on their Facebook page here > https://www.facebook.com/pendlebrookcarehome/