Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in London enjoyed a celebratory culinary-themed summer show based on their own life stories and memories, as part of Sanctuary’s two-year creative arts programme Shine!
The performance, which took place at Riverlee Residential and Nursing Home in Greenwich on Thursday 3 July, was a culmination of a series of workshops delivered to residents as part of the Phakama Edible Garden Project.
Phakama’s work at the care home is part of Shine!, a national two-year arts programme funded by Sanctuary Group, which uses creative arts to shine a light on the talents of residents across Sanctuary Care’s 61 homes.
Since the beginning of June volunteers from Phakama, an international youth arts organisation, and local students from NewVIc College have been visiting Riverlee to engage residents in workshops such as singing, percussion and song-writing, movement, dance and storytelling, planting, cooking and visual art.
The project bring together older and younger generations to take part in activities and exchange stories, life experiences, dreams and aspirations while growing a vegetable patch in the home’s garden.
Rebecca Sowle, the home’s manager, said: “I’m very proud that our residents have taken part in this wonderful project with Phakama. They have enjoyed every minute of it and it’s been a lovely reminiscence activity for them, with many of them sharing memories of food, journeys and experiences from days gone by.”
Corinne Micellaf, Phakama’s Artistic Director, added: “Bringing together the residents and students to create art has been extraordinary. It has been truly touching to see the connections made between the generations and to witness the compassion and vibrancy present during their workshops together.”
Phakama is a youth arts organisation which, through community initiatives such as The Edible Garden Project, create shared spaces for people to express, grow and perform.