At Haling Park Care Home, we are very proud of our diversity and inclusivity. To further highlight and celebrate this, we have spent this Black History Month hosting a variety of activities and events for our residents and members of our local community.
Black History Month aims to promote and celebrate black contributions to British society, and to foster an understanding of black history in general.
Our celebrations started with culture and music appreciation and residents partied to Reggae and Calypso music and played games of dominoes, whilst indulging in Caribbean snacks and treats including patties and chin chin.
For an arts and crafts session, we learned about the history and meaning of African masks and the residents had a turn painting their own versions which was very stimulating and great fun.
We held a movie afternoon where residents watched 'Hidden Figures', a true story about 3 female African-American mathematicians who play a pivotal role in NASA’s launch into orbit. Meanwhile, they also have to deal with racial and gender discrimination at work.
Our celebrations continued when residents worked through their black history activity packs provided by Oomph! on Demand and watched videos of inspirational and influential black speeches, discussing their impact and relevance.
We explore other cultures in a variety of ways, whether that be through the food we serve or the activities we host and we will be continuing our celebrations and learning throughout Black History Month and beyond.