Hartismere Place care home in Eye is inviting the local community to join residents in celebrating World Poetry Day on Wednesday 21st March.
World Poetry Day is an annual celebration of rhythmic literature and promotes the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world. This year, the Care UK team at Hartismere Place on Castleton Way will open its doors from 10.30am for a day of word play and rhyming fun.
Residents at the home will be celebrating the day by reading a number of their favourite poems and rhymes aloud. The care team has also invited Year Four pupils from St Peter and St Paul’s Primary School, as well as the Suffolk Poetry Society, who will be sharing their favourite poems throughout the day.
Residents and members of the public are also being encouraged to put pen to paper to create their own short verses and poems to enter into Care UK’s poetry competition which is taking place nationwide to mark World Poetry Day, the deadline for entries is Tuesday 20th March and the winner will be announced on World Poetry Day.
Home manager, Matthew Calver, explained why Hartismere Place is taking part in World Poetry Day: “Poetry is a powerful tool that can aid expression, communication and emotional resilience. It is also incredibly evocative and can bring back memories and emotions for older and young people alike.
“World Poetry Day presents a great opportunity to share poems from past and present with residents and the wider community. It also fits in really well with our ‘activity based care’ approach here at Hartismere Place and has real therapeutic benefits for residents whether writing or reading, especially those living with dementia.
“We’re looking forward to celebrating this event with a day full of rhyme, and happy times, with the people of Eye.”
Poetry reading and writing is just one of hundreds of great ideas for fun and meaningful activities that can be shared with an older loved one. To find out more about how Care UK is taking part in World Poetry Day, and to download Care UK’s free ‘As easy as ABC’ guidebook for hints and tips, visit www.careuk.com/care-homes/poetry
World Poetry Day encourages children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and promote the teaching of poetry to all people. For more information, visit www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/
Care UK runs 118 homes nationwide and was recently named Residential Care Provider of the Year at the prestigious LaingBuisson Awards.