Our second-year Textiles and Fine Art pathway students recently visited Rose Court Care Home to run a series of arts and crafts workshops. 

Four groups of students attended with one student being the leader of each group. They had to produce workshop ideas and plan and delegate to their group as well as communicate with members of staff about materials.

The idea was to help the students develop skills like organisation, planning, communication and confidence whilst giving something back to the local community. At the care home, they had to explain and demonstrate the tasks to the residents before guiding and assisting them through the workshops. 

Katherine Marsh, Senior Technician in Art and Media at Bury College, was delighted with how the visit went. She said: “it really helped to give the students a confidence boost and gave them another perspective when it comes to making art together. The care home staff and residents commented on their hard work and great behaviour and were delighted with everything they produced. 

“It has given the students some great work-related experience and granted us an ongoing community relationship with the residents.”

Some of the finished work will now be on display in the care home. Their work included T-shirts, bags, batik paintings, tea towels alongside stamp paintings and some fabric strip weavings.

Leanne Batten-Smith, Home Manager at Rose Court Care Home, said: "The students helped create a really fun atmosphere. It was great to see different generations socialising and mixing. To see the finished artwork at the end was also amazing."

This isn’t the first-time groups of our students have visited the Care Home. Back in October students organised hair and beauty treatments for the residents, before photography students created a pop-up studio to take their pictures. 

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