Care Roadshow London & Care England Conference


We had a brilliant time exhibiting at the Care Roadshow London and Care England Conference but before we delve into our experiences at those events we just want to briefly reminisce on all of the events of this year.

2016 has been a great year for us regarding events; starting with James’ attendance at the ‘National Arts & Health Conference’ organised by Aesop on February 5th, which was a real eye opener for us in how diverse the arts and health space was. However most of the events we’ve attended this year we’ve also participated such as the ‘Celebrating the Arts in Care Homes Conference’ on May 24th organised by Care England, where James delivered a presentation on Creative Minds in front of around 200 care workers, care managers and Directors.

celebrating the arts in care homes conference


Then we were invited by Richmond Council to participate in the Full of Life Fair 2016, which attracts nearly 1500 over 55’s ever year. We were blown away by both the popularity of the event and its fantastic organisation by the Richmond Borough Council. Plenty of volunteers were on hand to guide, advise and support people during the event.


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On November 15th and 16th we attended and exhibited at the Care Roadshow London held at Epsom Downs Racecourse and the Care England Conference held at Church House in Westminster.

The Care Roadshow London event was attended by James, Sarah and Hanna who had a great day speaking to care providers, home care providers, local authorities and other organisations about our wonderful service. The stand was so busy at times they had people waiting to speak to them to find out more about Creative Minds. A fantastic experience and as a result we’ve already booked our space at the Care Roadshow Birmingham in July 2017!


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care roadshow

care roadshow

care roadshow


Held at the Church House in Westminster the Care England Conference is thee must attend event for Directors and key decision makers of care providers and learning disability services in the care sector. James and Sarah attended and exhibited at the event and they very quickly had people approaching the stand to see what Creative Minds was all about. Another fantastic event for us and we’ll definitely be attending next year!


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We hope to attend even more Arts & Health and Care Sector related events in 2017,  we’ll keep you posted! ?

Care Home Open Day 2016!


On Care Home Open Day (CHOD) last year, we opened the amazing Appleby Tate gallery at Appleby House Care Home in Epsom, arguably the first art gallery in a care home setting, along with other Art Sessions taking place across the South East. Since then our community of artists has grown dramatically and so this year CHOD was even more eventful and jam packed! We had various Art Projects taking place throughout May and June in preparation for their unveiling on CHOD and Art Sessions taking place across the country on CHOD itself.

Here’s some of the wonderful artwork created by the residents in our Art Sessions for CHOD 2016…

Jubilee House Care Home (Care UK) in Godalming, Surrey celebrated Care Home Open Day in Wonderland, creating a fabulous Alice in Wonderland display! The residents enjoyed creating all the elements of the display with the help of Sarah, our experienced Creative Minds Artist. The residents had a wonderful array of activities running throughout the day, everyone enjoyed a BBQ lunch and it was great to see the staff in costume. The Director of Creative Minds, James Cropper and the Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Chris Storey dropped by to admire the display. Congratulations to Totka the manager and the team for organising such a fantastic event.

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The residents at Wellesley Road Care Home (Shaw Healthcare) in North London created personal story pictures using images sources from the internet. It was great for the residents to reminisce about their childhood and the bygone days of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. All the artwork created by the residents in the sessions was put on display for CHOD for visitors and relatives to see.

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Sunrise of Fleet (Sunrise Senior Living UK) in Fleet, Hampshire had some very productive and fun sessions making artwork and props for their “Best of British” theme for Care Home Open Day. All the residents were involved in creating different elements of the display from the bunting to a life size figure of a Grenadier Guard. The “Best of British” themed day was a great success and enjoyed by all who visited the home on CHOD.

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The residents at Grosvenor Park Care Home (Bupa) in Bexhill, East Sussex had a big tea party planned for Saturday to celebrate the Queens 90th and Care Home Open Day so they made a collage using pictures of the Queen through out her life. The residents made little crowns our of felt and sequins and stuck on union jacks to further decorate their pictures. Everyone was very impressed with what had been achieved and no sooner had the picture been finished it was on display for all to see.

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The residents at Puttenham Hill House Care Home (Bupa) in Guildford, Surrey enjoyed creating the props for their ‘Day at the Races’ Theme for Care Home Open Day. They loved decorating their hats, making felt brooches and flowers for the winner’s enclosure, as well as a large horse and jockey sculpture. Everyone worked really well as team to create all the props for CHOD and from what we’ve heard they had a lovely day!

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Finally all of the artwork created by the residents at Greys Residential Home in Woking, Surrey was framed and put on display for CHOD for all the visitors and relatives to admire. What an amazing variety of work they’ve created!

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All of the residents featured in this blog post have given their consent.