Leamington care home on a mission to save traditional hobbies - The Leamington Observer

Leamington care home on a mission to save traditional hobbies

OLD hobbies and skills are being revived by a Leamington care home.

Priors House has joined a nationwide campaign to save traditional pastimes from being forgotten.

A poll carried out by Care UK, which operates the Old Milverton Lane care home, found reading a map, using a compass and even simple handwriting are among the top 50 list of lost talents – and over three quarters of those surveyed blame modern technology.

In a bid to give hobbies and skills a new lease of life, Priors House is encouraging locals to join the campaign to tap into thousands of older people’s expertise and knowledge – ‘Long Lost Hobbies’.

As part of the initiative, residents across the UK are revisiting favourite hobbies and sharing their skills with younger generations – with those living at Priors House having the opportunity to join a gardening club or taking part in intergenerational activities regularly.

Francine Summers, home manager at Priors House, said: “Over time, many of us have become reliant on technology – meaning many hobbies that were once popular are now sadly being forgotten.

“This is why we’re excited to take part in the ‘Long Lost Hobbies’ initiative. Here at Priors House, we know residents have a wealth of skills and hobbies that are now considered to be on the decline – and that is something we wanted to celebrate.

“We’d like to encourage everyone in the Leamington community to join us in our efforts to save old skills and hobbies by reaching out to their relatives or neighbours.”

Visit careuk.com/long-lost-hobbies for more information.

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