A BRAINTREE care home has helped its residents reduce stress and improve their wellbeing through a creative workshop.

Aspen Grange Care Home, in Coldnailhurst Avenue, hosted a pottery workshop for its residents.

The session, which was led by a local potter, introduced the residents to the craft of ceramics.

According to the care home, shaping pottery is known to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and provide a sense of accomplishment.

Braintree and Witham Times: Learning - resident Shirley MillerLearning - resident Shirley Miller (Image: Aspen Grange Care Home)

The organisation also claims the pottery workshop has contributed to mental and emotional health of its residents and reinforces the home’s commitment to using arts as a method of therapeutic care.

Aspen Grange Care Home is a two-story home that was constructed between 2008 and 2009 and provides nursing and residential care for up to 49 people in a purpose-built building.

The care home’s team has specialist training and also supports residents living with dementia.

Sharon Thompson, the home manager at Aspen Grange Care home, said: "Incorporating creative arts into our residents' lives is pivotal to their wellbeing.

Braintree and Witham Times: Artwork - the pottery made by the residentsArtwork - the pottery made by the residents (Image: Aspen Grange Care Home)

Braintree and Witham Times: In the moment - a gentleman at the home getting stuck in with the pottery workshopIn the moment - a gentleman at the home getting stuck in with the pottery workshop (Image: Aspen Grange Care Home)

“The pottery workshop not only introduced a new skill but also fostered a sense of achievement and social interaction amongst participants.

“Engaging with clay work has been shown to offer physical benefits such as enhanced dexterity and cognitive stimulation from learning new skills.

“The pottery event highlights our commitment to offering a diverse array of activities that cater to the interests and abilities of all our residents, ensuring a stimulating and supportive environment.”

Resident Morag Bright loved taking part in the workshop.

She said: "Participating in the pottery session was a new experience and something I’ve not done before.

Braintree and Witham Times: Relaxing - resident Morag Bright mid workshopRelaxing - resident Morag Bright mid workshop (Image: Aspen Grange Care Home)

Braintree and Witham Times: Arts- a resident painting her potteryArts- a resident painting her pottery (Image: Aspen Grange Care Home)

“It's not just about learning a new craft; it's about the laughter, the camaraderie, and the joy of creating something with your own hands."

The care home is managed by Healthcare Management Solutions and last year it received a ‘good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

At the time, the CQC report said: "people received safe care from staff who knew them well" and "were supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives.”

To find out more about the care home, head to tinyurl.com/47j9kwmz.