The people supported by two Swanton services have created some fantastic rainbow-themed artwork to promote a message of hope during tough times.

Staff at Glangarnant House in South Wales and Seaham View in County Durham put on fun-filled creative sessions to lift spirits.

The crafting activities are part of an effort to boost the wellbeing of the people supported by Swanton services during the current time of uncertainty.

Glangarnant House Acting Home Manager David Harding said that as well as providing fun and entertainment, the sessions resulted in some excellent artwork.

David said: “The people we support love getting involved in a project together and the rainbow painting was the perfect activity.

“Like everyone, our lives here have changed due to the coronavirus, and we are doing our best to ensure there’s minimal disruption to the usual routines of the people we support.

“The rainbow crafting helped lift everyone’s spirits and produced some beautiful, colourful creations.”

For Glangarnant House’s Simon Learoyd, the activity was a real treat as he loves to sing the song ‘I Can Sing A Rainbow’ with staff. His rainbow painting looked fantastic.

Rhiannon Prior made her very own rainbow mobile, complete with her name and cotton wool clouds, while Ronnie Blackwell helped paint a rainbow picture on the wall outside the home.

David said: “The artwork really brightened things up and sent the message of hope to everyone around the home. It was a joyful day.”

Over at Seaham View in County Durham, staff and people they support used the contents of their new craft box to create their own messages of hope.

The group created a selection of rainbow paintings with messages including ‘Stay Safe’, ‘Be Kind’ and ‘Thank You’ for key workers and the local community.

When the pictures were ready, staff posted them on the windows facing the street so that passers-by could enjoy them too.

Home Manager Dhiraj Rijhwani said that the pictures got a great response.

Dhiraj said: “Everyone we support made their own rainbow during the group craft session, which meant we had an excellent display for the windows.

“When people walk by, they smile and wave – which is wonderful. It is important for us and the people we support to express our thanks and appreciation to everyone who is working so hard to keep us all safe and well during this difficult time.”