Knitted Tree project creates woolly masterpieces
“If you go down to the woods today you’re sure to have a surprise!”
Don’t be surprised if when passing one of Healthcare Homes’ residential or nursing homes this month you spot a multi-coloured tree or two in their grounds and gardens! The Group has set a fun challenge that invites all 23 homes in the group to take part in a ‘Knitted Tree’ project, which encourages residents, staff, friends, family and the wider local communities to get involved – and get knitting!
Each year, Healthcare Homes sets an annual fun challenge across the group, which encourages creativity, but most of all, interaction and an enjoyable experience. Last year saw a poetry competition, with entries being collated into a group-wide book, and this year sees the launch of the Knitted Tree Project.
Sue Campbell-Bannerman, regional activities coordinator devised the idea for the latest project and is pleased with the response received so far: "All the homes have really enjoyed this project and already the entries we are receiving really are fantastic. Well done to not only the residents and staff, but relatives, friends and people from the local communities who are joining in!"
Rita Coleman, who is also working with Sue on the project, added: "We have invited all homes to take part in a Knitted Tree Project. Anyone can join in with the knitting: residents, staff, friends, family and even the local community. All they need to do is find a tree within the grounds of the home and get knitting! They can make squares that can then be sown up to go around the trunk or branches, or create pom-poms that can be displayed – be inspired, get creative and happy knitting!”
The Knitted Tree project will not only inject a great deal of colour into the gardens of the 23 homes located across the eastern counties, but is also a great opportunity to bring everyone together for a fun experience. Photos of all the completed Knitted projects will then be entered into a prize draw, where prizes will be awarded to the three most creative entries.
David Bates, chief operating officer, Healthcare Homes Group added: “Every year our activity coordinators set a fun challenge across all the homes in our group and this one is particularly colourful! I’ve already seen some of the decorated trees and it certainly catches your attention, particularly as the weather is turning autumnal – it adds a zest of colour back into our homes’ gardens, and is ultimately great fun for residents, friends, family, and the homes’ local communities.”
Last updated on 15 November 2013.
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