CARE home residents got a lesson and a taste of culture when they hosted an Indian-themed night.
The group from Northview Lodge enjoyed traditional food and donned their finest dress to learn about the country.
Activities co-ordinator Lyn Graham said nights such as the celebration are important in educating residents about different cultures and getting involved in the community.
The event included a feast of food from the country, with dishes made by residents as well as those donated to the event by Indian groups based in the city.
“Everyone really enjoyed it,” she said. “People threw themselves right into it and made their own costumes, and one lady even took a book out of the library to learn about India.
“Activities like this bring communities together, and people from the community have been so kind to us. We received lots of donations of meals.”
The Bangladeshi Community Centre in Tatham Street and the Sunderland Sikh Association, based at the Gurdwara in The Cloisters, donated meals to the home, as well as decorations and outfits.
Members of the Sangini women’s help organisation in Pennywell also helped by dressing residents in saris.
“It was great because we now have a link with these places,” said Lyn. “We have been invited along to the Punjabi centre for a meal every week.
“This is the message we want to get out there – about building relationships and to tell people that we are involved in the community.”
“The work can be challenging sometimes, but it is rewarding.”
The home in Castletown cares for people with mental health issues aged between 25 and 70.