London care home residents receive top prizes in art competition

Residents from three North London homes all smiles as they win awards

The residents from three care homes in North London have scooped top prizes in the Silver Week art competition run by Barnet Council.

Meadowside Care Home, Finchley, Dell Field Court, Finchley, and Apthorp Care Centre in New Southgate collected the prizes and joint second prizes at the Silver Sunday event – which marked International Day of Older Persons.

The annual event for over 55s celebrates the value and knowledge older people contribute to their communities, while aiming to combat loneliness and isolation.

Fiona Swynnerton, leisure and lifestyle manager at The Fremantle Trust, said: “We were thrilled to claim the top slots in the art competition.

“The submissions were the result of hard work and dedication as each piece took some time to develop and all contributors across our Barnet services thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“Creative expression is an important aspect of our activities programme at the Trust, particularly as it helps to connect with memories and gives residents a real sense of wellbeing.”

Joyce Clarke, a resident from Meadowside Care Home, was proud to receive the first prize in the art competition and received a set of art equipment and a certificate for her painting of Julius Caesar.

Councillor Reuben Thompstone, the worshipful mayor of Barnet, said: “It was fantastic to see the inspiring artwork of our older residents.

“I was delighted to present them with their awards. There is such talent among our borough’s older people.

“I am glad they can still an engaged, meaningful and valuable part of our local community.”

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