October 1, 2022

New Cross care home hosts poetry readings to celebrate residents’ creativity

GET CREATIVE: Residents helped create a moving anthology of poems

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Residents of Manley Court Bupa Care Home held a poetry reading to celebrate the poems they wrote as part of an innovative creative program.

The programme, titled ‘You Should Go Everywhere’, was presented by Entelechy Arts Group and saw residents, the nursing home activities team, artists Zoë Gilmour and Charlene Low, and poet Annie Hayter, se come together to create a moving poetic anthology.

The 25 poems cover the themes of friendship, love and nursing home life, and were performed by residents during an exclusive poetry reading to relatives and friends.


To add to the party atmosphere, the reading also included live music by Nick Doyne-Ditmas, afternoon tea with homemade cakes and scones and lots of dancing.

Yvonne Oliver, a Manley Court resident who wrote a poem called ‘You Should Go Everywhere’, named in honor of the programme, said: ‘The poetry reading was a really exciting opportunity to share all our hard work. I was nervous about sharing my poem, but everyone loved it and it made me very proud.

Theophilla Johnson, Activities Co-ordinator at Manley Court who helped lead the poetry workshops, added: “It was fantastic to hear all the poems our residents have been working on.

“From focusing on amazing little moments of connection to exploring big themes like love, the poems touched on all the life-affirming moments we see every day as shelter workers. care.

“I also loved that for our non-verbal residents, the Entelechy Arts Group team write poems inspired by their wonderful personalities, to make sure everyone feels involved.”

Rebecca Swift, Creative Director of Entelechy Arts, said: “Working with the residents and team at Manley Court has been fantastic – we all enjoyed celebrating the creative value inherent in the interconnectedness between care and culture and have were blown away by the poems that were created.

POETRY POSTCARDS: Some of the poems printed on postcards.

Following the success of the poetry reading, the local team plans to print the poems on postcards to share with members of the local community.

To further celebrate the creative residents, the team are also keen to share them on notice boards across Lewisham, as part of Lewisham’s London Borough of Culture 2022 scheme. The poetry program is part of Manley Court’s larger multi-sensory program offered by Entelechy Arts Group.

Simon Andrews, Acting Deputy Director of Manley Court, said: “Our multi-sensory program with the Entelechy arts group in Lewisham rekindles a wonderful creative relationship which was first established over fourteen years ago.

“Our residents can enjoy a host of activities through the program – from movement to singing to art – all in an inclusive and welcoming environment. We look forward to continuing to provide our residents with such rewarding opportunities. »

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