Residents at a number of Sanctuary Care homes have been stepping into the spotlight by re-enacting memorable scenes and musical hits from their favourite films.
As part of a two-year national arts programme, Sanctuary Group and community interest company Ladder to the Moon have teamed up to enable residents of eight care homes across the country to host their own film shoots in front of friends and family.
Sanctuary’s partnership with Ladder to the Moon forms part of Shine! – an innovative programme that provides a range of arts activities tailored to residents which are designed to encourage participation and expression.
The team from Ladder to the Moon work collaboratively with the care home staff to engage residents in event decision-making and preparations, from how the set will look and choosing which scenes and songs should be shot, to planning the outfits and hairstyles.
Earlier this year, residents at a care home in Charlton took part in producing and acting in their very own remake of the classic 1958 film ‘South Pacific’, becoming involved in a props and production session, creating palm trees, tropical flowers and seascapes. An enjoyable performance of ‘The Sound of Music’ was also put on by the residents and team at a home in Iffley, complete with dirndl dresses, nun costumes and a handmade paper bouquet for the bride.
Stephen Rees, Sanctuary’s director of care operations, said: “Shine! has been designed to shine a light and have a positive impact on the individuals living in our care homes, encouraging their participation in arts based sessions, including theatre, movement, music and film.
“Not only supporting our residents, the programme aims to leave a lasting legacy in all the homes and ensure staff are trained to deliver the principles of the programme as part of everyday support in our care homes long into the future.”
Shine! aims to shine a light on the individuals living in our care homes, encouraging their participation in arts-based sessions, including theatre, movement, music and film.
The programme is funded through Sanctuary Group, Sanctuary Care’s parent company, and is part of Sanctuary’s commitment to highlight the potential and talents of older people through quality arts experiences.