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Resident of a nursing home working on a traditional hobby of weaving

Submitted by Care UK

A nursing home in Chester has joined a national campaign to prevent old hobbies from being forgotten.

Care UK, which runs the Deewater Grange care home on Chester Road, found in a survey of 2,000 adults that reading maps, using a compass and even simple handwriting figured prominently in the list of top 50 talents lost – and the majority of respondents blame modern technology.

In an effort to prevent the loss of hobbies and skills, Deewater Grange encourages locals to join a national campaign to tap into the expertise and knowledge of thousands of older people – ‘Long Lost Hobbies’.

As part of the initiative, residents across the UK are revisiting their favorite hobbies from their youth and sharing their skills with younger generations – those living in Deewater Grange having the opportunity to join a gardening club or regularly participate in intergenerational activities.

Sally Cooper, Home Manager at Deewater Grange, said: “Over time many of us have become addicted to technology which means many once popular pastimes are sadly forgotten.

“That’s why we are delighted to be part of the ‘Long Lost Hobbies’ initiative.

“Here at Deewater Grange, we know that residents have a host of skills and hobbies that are now considered to be in decline – and that’s something we wanted to celebrate.

“We would like to encourage everyone in the Chester community to join us in our efforts to save old skills and hobbies by reaching out to their loved ones or neighbours. We have so much to learn from older generations – and I am sure they’d be more than happy to share all their knowledge.”

For advice on how you and your loved ones can revisit forgotten hobbies, click here

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