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Eastgate Care recently entered the national Big Draw event - the world’s biggest celebration of drawing - organisers across the world join and run creative activities to engage their communities. 

We (Eastgate Care)  believed that it was something all our Homes - residents and Activity Co-ordinators could participate in and ‘enjoy’ We invite you to see what we achieved by taking a look at our Melbourne House activity, entitled - The Twisted Lines of Life - watch and you will see why;

Click on the link and wait a few seconds or alternatively cut and paste the link into your browser -

The Twisted Lines of life at; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f4PXvzSbjo


Posted on 06 Nov 2012
Get Airborne at Melbournes Big Draw

Eastgate Care entered the Big Draw during October with our grand finale at Melbourne House

Charise Activity Coordinator organising the event, decided to give their Big Draw a real lift and launch the sculptures made by residents, friends, family, staff and service visitors;


Charise-Activity Coordinator, pictured (looking a bit like a Mary Poppins!) is excited to be launching the sculptures which they have all made at Melbourne House. Friends & family came to join in too!

Our local City Councillor - Councillor Jenkins came along to support our event, it was great to have him involved in 'the action'



This was a national art activity throughout October, that all our Homes and Activity Co-ordinators participated in – using cost effective telephone wire which is light and easy to use to mould into individual sculptures. 'Following a great days training we felt this idea could work for us and be less intimidating for a lot of people who dont like drawing' Charise then came up with this great idea to provide more of an event and launch by balloon. Pictured Care Worker Amary trying her hand.

 Madaline (who celebrated a BIG birthday earlier this year) and her daughter get wiring, quite a fiddly job, but they both managed to create something!

 The challenge is to get the most participants for a Care Home setting, so we are now counting up.

We had help from Nottingham Confetti with filming this event and would like to say thank you to them for their very responsive reaction getting photographer Mikey along, he made a fantastic effort and contributed really well to the activity.



Sculpture ready for launch.




Charise smiles with relief to 'see off' the Big Draw!

 Mikey prepares for filming.




Posted on 30 Oct 2012
Park House Prepare for Big Draw Lift Off

Activities Coordinator Kerry decided, with the residents at Park House, to adopt 'Hearts and Flowers' for their creative theme entering into the Big Draw - In Lines, using wire.




Kerry pictured gets ready for a double twist, not only do they twist the wire to make individual sculptures, they are going to launch them into the sky with Helium.

The Big Draw is the world’s biggest celebration of drawing. It has grown into a month-long festival running throughout October in all parts of the UK. Every year more organisers across the world join the Big Draw family and run drawing events to engage their communities in creative activities.

 Some of the wire creations made by residents, staff and visitors to the Care Home.

 'I went round the home and asked the residents what would they like to make, to join in this event and a lot of them said hearts and flowers as they felt this would go with theme of using the tree in the garden as part of the sculpture' said Kerry

I managed to get most of the residents to participate, lots of the staff and visitors too. We then recorded this in our own Big Draw book.

 Watch out for further news of the Grand Finale as our sculptures become airborne and we compete for the most 'Big Drawers' from a Care Home setting.  

Posted on 25 Oct 2012
Homes are Under Control!

Infection Control is Under Control! - A sterling success, it has to be said, by our Care teams at both Park and Melbourne House achieving control results of almost 100% (98% & 97% respectively) What this means to us is that our cleanliness is of the highest level......................





............. we can rest assured that our efforts on a daily basis have been properly assessed by the PCT and that we are offering our residents the utmost in ’personal’ conditions in their daily environment.

We were all really pleased with the outcome as we have worked hard over the last couple of months to reach this very exacting standard.


Jacqui Inglis – Care Home Manager at Park House said I am very proud of the team who are all working hard and have together attained a fantastic result and we will be endeavouring to maintain this excellent standard all year round’







Posted on 12 Oct 2012
Sculpt with us for Our Big Draw - In Lines

The Big Draw is the world’s biggest celebration of drawing. It has grown into a month-long festival running throughout October in all parts of the UK. Every year more organisers across the world join the Big Draw family and run drawing events to engage their communities in creative activities. 

This year's theme is 'In Lines'


We at all our Care Homes are entering the Big Draw Contest - it is a national art activity that all our Homes and Activity Co-ordinators can participate in and ‘enjoy’

Our Big Draw will be wire based – using cost effective telephone wire which is light and easy to use for ‘all’ , however due to a ‘run’ on this product we now have to have wire shipped in from New York!


The wire can be moulded into individual sculptures, which will then be launched by helium balloon or made into garden sculptures at Alexandra House.

It is an inclusive activity, so that we can encourage our residents, relatives, friends & families, staff, adult services, doctors, Councillors………………………………. everyone who comes in the care home!

Come and join us at one of our Care Homes for our Big Draw – The challenge is to get the most participants for a Care Home setting.


Belle Vue Lodge at Mapperley - Alexandra House at Eastwood - Melbourne House at Aspley Lane - Park House at Cinderhill.


All welcome, come and participate

Posted on 05 Oct 2012
Artist Award for Alexandra House

An emphasis on art and what can be achieved for Care Home residents ensured that Eastgate’s Home at Eastwood Nottingham, was awarded the Artist in Residence programme from Nottingham City Arts. Eastgates commitment to Art in the Care Homes was exhibited by involvement in the recent activities Art in Care training, personnel and management staff becoming thoroughly engaged with the art process and committing to participation in the National Big Draw Event.

Kaerre does the long draw at Art in Care training, Rufford Craft Centre



Following an enlightening day of creativity at Nottingham’s Rufford Abbey Activities Coordinator Charise Mullins said ‘This is something we can share with our residents and staff - art is second nature for some, but the artist award will help involve all. Nine art works in 90 minutes certainly gave ‘us’ something to take home from Rufford!’

Pictured below; Lorraine & Charise, Activities Coordinators & Helen Ackroyd - Rufford Craft Centre Event Manager



City Arts in conjunction with Nottingham County Council decided to explore creative approaches to enhancing the wellbeing of older people in residential care in Nottinghamshire, by appointing an Artist in Residence at a suitable Care Home – Alexandra House. An additional part of the project is to report and disseminate the development of this work across the County. The project is likely to commence in November when ‘the artist in residence’ takes up the position.


‘To have an artist work with us and our residents is of great significance for our Activities personnel, residents and families –to explore together how creative ideas can enhance the care environment will be a special experience. We will make the most of this by sharing it across our four Care Homes’. Sue Young – HR. Manager Eastgate Care


Drawing using foot;

Art at the Belle Vue Lodge Care Home.


 Art in CareTraining at Rufford Craft Centre.


Posted on 04 Oct 2012
Helping Out with Alzheimers - Walking for the Mind

Staff from Eastgates Head Office and Alexandra House participated in the recent Alzheimers charity walk, raised a hoard of sponsorship money and appeared, albeit fleetingly, on Central TV.


This ten mile walk, which started at Victoria embankment went via Beeston Marina back to Victoria embankment.

'It was well attended and friendly with good humour despite the infernal drizzle' said one participant!




Participants from Eastgate were:

Pictured Maxine Thornley, Marie Duke Parker,  Sue Young, Zoe Taylor, Marie Martin and Sally Anne Booth.


Paula Butler also from Eastgate's Park House, actually participated for a 2nd year with a group of friends.

Our staff are just about 'back to normal' and able to walk unblistered now!


Well done to all with the fund raising and walking.




Posted on 04 Oct 2012
Alexandra Fayre - Finale to an event-filled season

 Following a busy summer at Alexandra House, they managed to fit in one final event of the season and made the most of the last bit of summer sun to stage their fayre at Eastwood.


A marquee erected – to provide shelter and ‘just in case the summer weather did its ‘usual’ however  we were incredibly lucky with the weather and it was a beautiful warm day. This enabled the residents to be outside with their families, which made a welcome change for them adding to their pleasure.


A range of activities and a great entertainer – Frankie Fortune – got everyone outdoors, friends, family and staff revelled in the event.


The highlight pictured below artist- 'Frankie Fortune' - a professional entertainer. He provided lots to watch with an act consisting of Music, Magic, Puppets, Percy the Parrot and Grandad, Memory games, jokes and plenty of old songs.


We were incredibly lucky with the weather.and this enabled the residents to be outside with their families which made a great change for them, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

 The BBQ went down well also. Burgers and Hotdogs were sold and hardly anyone was indoors.

‘A great event for all to share’ said our visitors.



Activities Coordinators,

Kaere and Lorraine join in the fun and enjoy the weather 


We raised a total of £316 for the Residents Fund and would like to thank all who contributed to this worthwhile event and the enjoyment it created.

Posted on 24 Sep 2012
Oldest Eastgate Resident Celebrates at Alex House

Winnie (Winifred Chandler) became our oldest resident when she broke 101 years of age at Alexandra House, Eastwood. she is pictured below enjoying her special day with Deputy Manager Sally Barry and Activities Coordinator Lorraine Rose. Following her bouquet came visits from relatives and a party with fellow residents. As reported in the local press;

Posted on 04 Sep 2012
Debbie Moves From White to Black

Wedding bells were in the air near the Belle Vue Lodge as popular Receptionist Debbie Folland 'sealed the knot'

August the 8th was the day when Debbie donned this lovely white wedding dress and moved into the Black when she married Leon - (Black) She looks radiant here as she signs the register.

We at Eastgate all wish her well as Mrs Black.

Posted on 20 Aug 2012

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