Dolls House project a huge success with residents at Clarence Park Care Home in Weston Super Mare

The activity coordinator, Clare Griffiths, at Clarence Park has created an exciting and innovative Dolls House project to provide a talking point for residents and visitors at the home.

Clare came up with the idea to create a mini Clarence Park during ‘National Day of Arts in Care Homes’, last year.
Saving a classic wooden dolls house from being eaten by goats in a goats house; it was in very poor condition.

“Construction will involve many skills. So I am hoping all residents can contribute, including in designing wallpaper and making peg dolls to go inside. It won’t be a full scale, but a cross-section and peg dolls will be modelled on residents themselves. The idea is to create a ‘mini family’ to display near the entrance; welcoming people in and to emphasise that we are a big family.”

During the build, it became a real life-changing project for some of the residents.

“One resident, in particular, Michael, now can’t wait to finish his meals and get to work. We have nicknamed him ‘The Foreman’ as he is currently leading and supervising all of us with the project!
This is a beautiful example of ‘inter generational work’ as residents are loving passing on their skills and knowledge to children visiting and staff who struggle with decorating!”

The Dolls House is now a fantastic focal point in the home and will be updated to reflect the seasons and changes of the year.

Clarence Park would like to thank everyone for their kind donations and support towards their project.

Clarence Park care home resident, Michael with school child renovating the dolls houseClarence Park care home residents renovating their dolls houseClarence Park Care home's Dolls House project