A Rutherglen care home took shelter recently to mark VE day celebrations.
The Duncraggan Care Home, based on Blairbeth Road, transformed one of their hallways in to an Anderson Shelter.
Anderson Shelters, were popular air raid shelter used during the Blitz, and manager of the care home Janine Logue says they got the idea for the project from the residents of the care home.
She explained: “We have residents’ meetings and we base a lot of how the care home looks and the activities we do on what the residents want.
“It was mentioned that VE day was coming up and some people had spoken about their experiences of being in an Anderson Shelter, we decided to do something around that.”
Senior carer Jennifer Wooten sourced materials such as a gas mask, lantern and posters, and went about setting up the mock shelter.
And it’s been a big hit with residents and their families so far as Janine explained: “The feedback has been excellent, the residents love it and their families have been commenting on it.
“It’s brought back a lot of memories, people can remember being in the shelter and playing games to pass the time.”
Janine also said it can help with reminiscence therapy, which is the use of life histories to improve psychological well-being.
And the home are asking any members of the community to contribute to a memory book the home are creating to document any experiences people may have of being in an Anderson shelter.
Contact 0141 634 5898 for more information.
Blast from the past Senior care assistant Jennifer Wootton at Duncraggan Care with a mock Anderson shelter and 90-yearold resident Jessie Simpson, from Halfway