Pupils of Fazakerley High School have been working closely with the residents of Ennerdale care home on collaborative arts and crafts projects. The care home is situated in a leafy suburb of Fazakerley within the grounds of Aintree University Hospital and provides nursing, intermediate and residential dementia care.
Residents are encouraged to lead as full and active life as possible and Ennerdale's warm and friendly environment means that residents continue their daily lives with privacy in a safe and caring environment. The dedicated activity co-ordinator Sue Smith takes into account individual interests and levels of ability, and arranges activities that are both mentally and physically stimulating. These can include everything from gentle gardening and flower arranging, art classes to film afternoons, bingo and quizzes.
Pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9 have been visiting the nursing home on a weekly basis and showing the residents how to draw birds. They have also been making and painting bird boxes which residents can keep in their own spaces and use to attract wildlife. Both pupils and residents have thoroughly enjoyed the collaborative work.
Sue Smith, commented "Ennerdale would like to thank Fazakerley High School for all of their hard work. They have encour-aged some mature artists here. The young people are a credit to their Art teacher Mrs Sinnott and to the school. Every week, we all look forward to the sessions and do hope that they continue in the future. We have now built up a lovely art class which residents truly en-joy, more than you could imagine. It is fantastic to see our residents with the pupils and the joy that they bring. We would like to thank everyone who has helped make this opportunity possible."