Home residents in painting project

Care assistant Gemma Kidd, residents Julia Herbert and Richard Burch and Helen Fiddes from MIND active with the painting designed and painted by residents of Astor Courst Care Home.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Care assistant Gemma Kidd, residents Julia Herbert and Richard Burch and Helen Fiddes from MIND active with the painting designed and painted by residents of Astor Courst Care Home.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Care home residents have collaborated with a professional artist to creat a landscape painting of Northumberland.

Creative residents of Astor Court and Astor Lodge View care home in Cramlington, have unveiled their latest masterpiece of a canvas painting depicting the castles of Northumberland.

Residents collaborated with professional artist Ivan Webley, a retired art teacher, to plan and create the painting.

The project was facilitated by MIND Active, a Northumberland based charity which seeks to improve the lives of older people living at home with dementia and in care homes through complimenting and building on the existing activities available and promoting community interaction.

The canvas and accompanying plaque was hung in Astor Court’s coffee shop and officially unveiled by Helen Fiddes of MIND Active.

“We are very successful at using activities to bring people together and produce some very rewarding and satisfying results for all involved. It’s great seeing the residents and home staff taking part, smiling and marvelling at the finished work,” she said.

Care manager of Astor Court and Astor Lodge View, Mandy Mackley, said: “We’re so proud of the finished painting and of all the hard work and effort that went into making it.

“It now takes pride of place in our coffee shop for families and visitors to admire and has been quite the talking point in the home.”