A Gardening & Arts Therapy Programme for Older People
Funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland Arts and Older People’s Fund.
With additional support from Creative Gardens and Kylemore Nurseries.
Lead artist Carol Moore with Neil Keery, Kat Regan and Anna O’Kane
Lead In partnership with the Macklin Group
The Occasional Gardener: a participation project led by artist, actor and facilitator Carol Moore delivered in Macklin Care Homes. This earthy project will engage participants to stimulate memory and the senses, and will involve gardening activities such as planting seeds, bulbs, and baskets; using plants and flowers to stimulate the senses, and exploring reminiscence techniques, singing, movement and art.
Arlington – “What a great project. The residents really enjoyed every minute”
Our Lady’s – “I really looked forward to my Tuesday mornings, hope we can continue gardening.”
“Made me get out of bed in the mornings and engage with other residents.”
“Met a new friend.”
“I looked forward to Tuesdays as I stay in my room a lot.”
Park Manor – “After this project, our residents are so confident and interactive with other residents and staff. Loved the powerpoint idea for reminiscing. Wish you could bring more projects like this in future in our home; we will welcome with full heart. Love your support to the residents while doing our gardening at the same time.”