At Cranmer Court Care Home in Warlingham, we have been building community spirit with our My World Rocks project.
Its purpose is to connect care homes with their local communities, challenge misconceptions about care and remind everyone that the unique individuals who live in care homes are supported by dedicated and professional caring teams.
Many of our residents at Cranmer Court love art and craft sessions and are really enjoying the input from others in the community. We have asked groups and individuals to get involved in our project by painting rocks with pictures or phrases that are close to their hearts. Two schools in Warlingham have already donated, and our residents and their loved ones are enjoying getting involved too, with rocks from our families filling our garden!
Old Palace Prep School in South Croydon, and Ridgeway Primary School in Sanderstead both donated painted to rocks to Cranmer Court. We drove our minibus onto the playground at Ridgeway Primary School where they had set up chairs in the shade with refreshments for us. We then sat as Year 4 sang wartime songs whilst waving handmade flags - their teachers explained that they had just finished learning about the Second World War. Pupils from years 4, 5 and 6 presented the rocks that each of them had decorated. Year 6 then gathered to perform some songs from their school play - this was their penultimate day at school before leaving for the summer holiday and moving onto secondary school. The residents who went on the trip were overwhelmed at the lengths they had gone to to make us feel welcome, and a few of the residents welled up when looking at all of the rocks and the messages of hope.
Staff and residents had a day trip to one of our local schools to pick up some of the rocks and the students welcomed us with a performance of some of our much loved classic songs.
The rocks have been used to decorate our sensory garden as a border around the flower beds. Our residents love helping decorate the garden with the rocks, which we add to weekly.
We hope to be able to open the garden to the community when we are able to for everyone to see the colourful creations.