Older residents making a mark at university

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under Help in your home - sheltered accommodation, News.

wood_green_equal_arts_8Artwork by residents of a sheltered scheme in East Gateshead is being celebrated by one of the region’s top universities.

Wood Green sheltered scheme, managed by The Gateshead Housing Company, took part in the Making a Mark project organised by older people’s charity Equal Arts.

The project’s aim was to help people to live better for longer by keeping their brains active with creative and social activities.

Now the artwork created by residents is on display at Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing.

Douglas Hunter, Equal Arts’ co-director, said: “Support for people living with dementia needs to be more inclusive, and alternative approaches focusing on living in the present and exploring creativity and the imagination need to be embraced.

“To be able to showcase the breadth of work by residents at the Institute for Ageing is a fantastic opportunity.”

Making a Mark will be on display to the public at the Biomedical Research Building based at Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Campus for Ageing and Vitality site, just off Studley Terrace, Newcastle, until December 16, 2016.

To find out more about the housing company’s services for older people, email the Sheltered Housing Team or call 0191 433 5356.

Visit the Equal Arts website for more information.

Photo above: Wood Green residents Doreen Railton and Pat Cain with the hen tapestry they helped to make.