Banbury Care Home residents take part in global art festival

Residents of Highmarket House care home in Banbury partnered with Rainbows Day Nursery for the Big Draw Festival 2021 (photo submitted)

Residents and team members at Care UK’s Highmarket House, on North Bar Place, have partnered with pioneering charity, The Big Draw, for a successful third year to promote the therapeutic benefits of drawing for expression and the promotion of positive well-being.

As part of their event, residents and team members partnered with Rainbows Day Nursery for a host of bumblebee-themed art activities, including a drawing session in the home theater for children. residents. The works of art created throughout the month have been transformed into an impressive collage like an ode to nature and its wonders and are now on display in the house.

Launched in 2000 as part of the ‘Campaign for Drawing’, the month-long Big Draw Festival promotes drawing as a tool for learning and invention, and has encouraged more than four million people to become arty since its creation.

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“Intergenerational relationships have proven to be incredibly rewarding, as they provide the younger and older generations with the opportunity to learn from each other. These relationships can be especially beneficial for older adults, as they can make sense of a purpose and spark conversations as residents reflect on their younger years.

“We would like to say a big thank you to Rainbows Day Nursery for participating, and we look forward to joining forces soon for some more arty fun!”

After successful participation in the Big Draw Festival over the past two years, Care UK renewed its partnership in 2021 as a primary health and social partner and paves the way for changing perceptions of life in a nursing home in promoting activity-based care and encouraging other care homes to follow suit. Care UK homes across the country got creative and collaborated virtually with their local communities to create artwork around the theme ‘Make the Change’.

For more information on Highmarket House, check out their website here: .com / the-big-draw For more information on the Big Draw Festival, visit

Dora W. Clawson