Winscombe Hall’s New Initiative to Create a Sensory Courtyard
Our Somerset care centre Winscombe Hall, has launched an appeal to create a nostalgic sensory courtyard for residents with dementia. The aim of the project is to create an environment outside the home, where residents can relax and feel comfortable. When complete, the courtyard should provide stimulation, and opportunities to engage, reflect and re-establish old skills for our residents with dementia.
What will it entail?
Sally, who started the project, envisions a “colourful environment filled with natural scents and edible planting”. Sally continues, “along with comfortable seating with tables and parasols, we are hoping to add climbing roses, sweet peas, milk churns and potted flowers. Complete with watering cans so residents can tend to the plants. And of course, nostalgic elements that complete the experience, like 1950s postcard style artwork and fairy lights, along with a washing line, so residents feel at home.”
The staff are also appealing for nursery children to decorate the bird boxes for the courtyard. So, all in all, the area should evoke a sense of wellbeing as well as becoming a place for peaceful enjoyment and gentle exercise.
Since the launch of this appeal, Winscombe Hall has seen growing support from the community at Somerset and Weston Super-mare to help make this project a reality. From B&Q at Weston donating paint, equipment, a potting shed cover and seeds, to the local Waitrose selecting the cause as one of the 3 local community causes for its token coin drop – the support received has been endless.
The recent feature of the appeal in The Mercury was also key in helping raise awareness for the cause. The article was so successful, that the home received calls from locals wanting to donate herbs and seeds, as a means to contribute to the project!
And if the Weston Waitrose is your local supermarket and you’d like to support our cause, you can do so by donating your token coins after doing your shopping:
‘The tokens are given out to shoppers after they have shopped and they can choose which of the 3 current cause holders to put their token in. At the end of April, beginning of May, a share of £1000.00 will be donated between the three causes. The % share will relate directly to how many tokens the customers have given to our cause.’
The staff are keen to transform the courtyard in time for spring. They are appealing for people to donate items and volunteer their time to help with the project.
Anyone interested in getting involved in the project, can call Winscombe Hall directly on: 01934 843553.