On 9th November, Ross Court Care Home in Ross-on-Wye had a celebration for World Origami Day with an afternoon of origami.
The ‘World Origami Days’ is a 2-week long celebration of the traditional craft. It begins on 24th October, the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer who founded the first origami group in America. She was also one of the founders of the British Origami Society and OrigamiUSA. A dynamic woman, she was delighted in the magic to be found in a piece of paper and wanted to share it with the world. The celebration runs until 11th November which is Origami Day in Japan, where the paper crane has become a symbol of peace.
We used several different designs to try and make various items out of paper. We started out with the easy cup and all of the residents managed that one quite well. We moved onto the boat which appealed to residents Ivor and Peter who were also itching to make paper aeroplanes - which they did at the end!
Finally, as it’s getting closer to Christmas we did a more intricate design and made paper angels that can be hung on the Christmas Tree. Our resident Mary was really happy with these especially when a friend came in to visit and helped her out with the small amount of glue that was needed to finish off the angels. Everybody had a lovely time and were very pleased with what they had produced during the afternoon!
Clare Lockley, Magic Moments Club Co-ordinator said, “They were all happy with their efforts and agreed it was not as easy as it looked!”
At Ross Court Care Home we believe in living life to the full. That’s why we’re passionate about creating vibrant, stimulating activities that will help our residents to love every day. We call them ‘Magic Moments’.
Every brighterkind home now has a Magic Moments Club which provides a vast range of activities and fun things to do that are open to all of our residents. The idea behind Magic Moments is that just because someone moves into a care home doesn't mean that the things they love doing should suddenly stop – quite the contrary, we believe our residents should have the opportunity to love every day, by doing the things that they have always loved as well as trying new things along the way.