Art group’s bringing colour to the elderly

Kick Start Art Group donate artwork to Warde Aldham nursing home, South Elmsall.'Diane Blunt (Activity Co-Ordinator) accepts to artwork on behalf of the residents.'h8836a221
Kick Start Art Group donate artwork to Warde Aldham nursing home, South Elmsall.'Diane Blunt (Activity Co-Ordinator) accepts to artwork on behalf of the residents.'h8836a221
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AN art group has been using their paintings to help enrich the lives of the elderly.

The Kickstart Art Group, based in South Elmsall, has launched a scheme to brighten up local nursing and care homes with their pictures.

Their paintings will be displayed free of charge in the centres on a rotational basis, and has already started at the Warde Aldham Nursing Home.

Eric Burkes, acting secretary, said: “The group has come up with a scheme which, it believes, will improve the lives of other people within out community - Warde Aldam is particularly close a lot of our hearts, which is why we chose it first”

Around 30 of the paintings are on display at the home, as well as historic, local photographs that have been put up in its dementia unit.

Maureen McKechnie, home manager, said: “The residents have enjoyed looking at the pictures and they have been good topics of conversation.

“Some of the residents have been able to remember the old streets in the photographs. It’s been a huge success and it’s nice to have community groups coming in.”

The art group formed two years ago with a grant from the Coalfields Regernation Trust and helps the unemployed, elderly and disabled to enjoy a variety of art forms.

They meet every Thursday from 10am until 12noon at the Weston Hall, on Westfield Lane in South Elmsall.