News from Turners House Trust – Nov 2020



Over the last few months, Turner’s House has been proud to work with Richmond Age UK on a pilot project, brinigng the joy of art to older people in our community isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We delivered activity kits inspired by Turner’s work and life to their homes and set up phone calls to discuss their experience. The participants, many of whom live alone with no internet access, welcomed the opportunity to engage in conversation and be creative. The pilot went very well and we know there is a demand for more.

Loneliness and isolation are problems commonly experienced by those with mental health issues and older people living alone, and the problem has been exacerbated in recent months. In 2021, we plan to resume our successful Wellbeing programme working with adults receiving mental health support from Richmond MIND, offering high-quality art and gardening workshops which aim to improve mental and physical wellbeing, alleviate loneliness and build confidence.



“I have never done something like this [creating a sketchbook] before. I loved making it and something professional and beautiful came out. I will carry it with me at all times during my walks and sketch in it.”

– Age UK participant


One Donation, Twice the Impact


For just one week between 1st and 8th December, you can support next year’s Wellbeing at Turner’s House programme through the Big Give Christmas Challenge. Thanks to generous pledges from Monday Charitable Trust and other supporters, your donations will be doubled – for every £10 donated, Turner’s House will receive £20 towards the programme. We aim to raise a total of £7,000 to continue our work with Richmond MIND and Age UK, bringing art and creativity to those who are isolated in our community.

To make a donation with twice the impact, please visit the Turner’s House Big Give page from noon on Tuesday 1st December. The campaign will be live for one week only, so please save the date!

Please help us spread the word by sharing this with your friends and family. Thank you for your support!


Online Event – Conversation on Wellbeing through Art


Tuesday 1st December 6pm to 7pm
Free event

Join us for an online conversation hosted by Rita Piglionica, Turner’s House’s Learning Officer, and find out more about how we use art and gardening to help improve wellbeing and the impact of these activities on participants. You can sign up to the free event here.


Christmas Wreath Workshop


Friday 11th December 2020, 11am to 12.30pm
£60 including materials

Immerse yourself in nature this festive season as you learn how to make your very own fresh, moss-based Christmas wreath with Flower Tonic. A bespoke wreath-making kit will be posted directly to you ahead of the online class containing all the fresh and dried festive goodies you need to adorn your wreath. Booking will be available until 2nd December to allow Flower Tonic to send the material to your house. Find out more and book


Wishing you the very best of health for you and your family,

Ricky Pound
House Director

November 25, 2020