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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

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