A selection of the pottery creatures painted by residents.

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Retirement living residents get funky with pottery

2 February 2018

Residents of a retirement living scheme in Colliers Wood have been getting creative with a series of pottery painting workshops.

Sanctuary’s Trellis House has played host to a series of the ‘Funky Potters’ painting sessions, with a range of themes from wild animals like lions and giraffes to tamer creatures like dogs and cats.

The workshops, which run until the end of March, have offered each resident the chance to put their own stamp on a piece through their choice of colours and decorations, before handing it back to Funky Potters’ Zara Labdouni to be returned to them once glazed.

A selection of the pottery creatures painted by residents. Painted pottery pieces created by residents of Trellis House in Colliers Wood.

Tenant Joyce Thornton said: “I thought it was fantastic and very therapeutic. The end product was lovely.”

Sanctuary scheme service manager Beverley Tomkins said: “The Funky Potters workshops have provided a great opportunity for residents to get involved in something creative, and many have chosen to pass on the fruits of their labour to loved ones as gifts.

“Sanctuary is committed to helping residents lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives and hosting projects such as this is a great way for us to achieve those goals.”

This project was part-funded by Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which is currently accepting applications from community projects benefiting Sanctuary residents and their communities.

To find out more about the fund, please e-mail community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk or visit the Grand Ideas Fund page

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