Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Worcester were involved in a unique dance event as part of Shine! – a two-year national arts programme.
JABADAO - a national touring company of dancers and acrobats – visited Juniper House Residential Care Home, which provides residential care and dementia care, off Bromyard Road in St John’s last week with an event that engaged residents and carers together through exuberant and playful dances.
JABADAO aims to engage residents, including those who are living with dementia or those who think their dancing days may be over, using a variety of colourful props including parachutes, giant balloons, ribbons and bubbles, as well as dancers wearing bright and vibrant costumes.
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Cindy Hawkins said: “We are always on the lookout for unique engaging activities that will bring our residents together in a fun and positive way and JABADAO did just that.
“Our residents got so much pleasure from the session – their eyes just lit up and it was wonderful to see them dancing and interacting in such a different way – all of which was done without even talking. It was really inspirational.”
The event at the Sanctuary Care home was part of Shine! – a programme that provides a range of activities tailored to residents which are designed to encourage participation and expression.
It has been funded through Sanctuary Group, Sanctuary Care’s parent company as well as JABADAO and the Arts Council of England and is part of Sanctuary Group’s commitment to supporting projects and initiatives which benefit residents and the communities they live in.