Woodley Grange resident reconnects with lifelong friends over a special ‘Crafternoon’

Our residents’ wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do, so when our Woodley Grange team discovered our resident Joyce’s incredible love of art and her previous Royal clientele, we had to arrange a special craft session for her. It was the perfect opportunity for Joyce to reconnect with lifelong friends and do more of what she loves.

We are incredibly lucky that Joyce, now 95, shared her fond memories making lampshades for Windsor Castle and the residences of Queen Elizabeth’s staff with us. What an incredible achievement!

Joyce has spent much of her life travelling Europe and visiting galleries and museums. She went on to make some lifelong friends at a local art club based in Hedge End, so we couldn’t wait to welcome them to Woodley Grange. Our fantastic staff put on a special ‘crafternoon’ of card making. It was lovely to share this special occasion with her friends and all our residents were delighted to join in too.

Thrilled with the special day, Joyce said: “It was delightful seeing my old friends and being able to do the things I love with them in the comfort of my own home. It sure brought back good memories.”

Loraine Tabbner, Woodley Grange’s Care Home Manager, said: “At Woodley Grange, we believe in the power of creative expression and the importance of reminiscence in our residents’ lives.

“Moments like these, where Joyce has been able to reconnect with her passion and friends, show the huge benefit of creative activities on well-being and social connections.

“We are committed to creating an environment where residents like Joyce can continue to thrive and pursue their interests with us.”

It was such a special day, it made it into the Hampshire Chronicle! To read the full article, please click here.


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