Havering Changing’s current project, The Romford Window Garden, goes live on Saturday 27th March!
The project was the idea of artist Carlos Cortes, who has been taking residents of Romford town centre, Rush Green and Collier Row, through a journey of creativity, making crafty gardens in their windows. Through a series of themed online tutorials, Carlos has shown people how to create trees, leaves, family portraits and stained glass windows. With another themed tutorial being launched on Friday 19th March, the project will come to a close on Saturday 27th March with a live workshop, accessible via the Havering Changing Facebook page!
The Romford Window Garden has also catered for those without internet access, with free creative packs and instruction sheets available for residents to pick up whilst doing their essential shopping, working in partnership with the Romford and Collier Row foodbanks, Havering Volunteer Centre, Collier News and the Co- Op.
Our elderly residents have not been forgotten either, with the creative packs being delivered as part of care packages or via the Red Cross befriending service, and some care homes in the borough have been facilitating their residents to join in and create a communal window garden!
We were overjoyed when our first care providers coming on board, with Alison Hagon telling us: “Parkside Residential Home is delighted to be participating in the Romford Window Garden project.
We have a beautiful garden here – it brings so much joy to our residents who love to be outside in the warmer weather and watch the seasons change through the windows when it is less enticing to go outside.” She added: “With our normal routine of welcoming visitors and entertainers into our Home having to stop due to lockdown, taking on this project will be a wonderful opportunity for our residents to showcase their creative sides and to brighten up the journey for those who pass our windows.”
Care providers in Romford town centre, Rush Green and Collier Row can still access the free creative packs and instructions by emailing hello@havering changing.org. Residents in these areas can still pick up the free individial creative packs from:
Havering Volunteer Centre, High Street Romford Collier News, Collier Row Lane
Co-op Food Collier Row, Turpin Avenue
Co-op Food Rush Green, Dagenham Road
If you are not able to get your hands on a creative pack, the tutorials show you how to make use of things that you might have at home in your recycling, kitchen cupboards or fridge!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and be kept up to date with the fantastic and inspiring creative projects that you can get in involved in – for free!