A new arts studio has been opened for residents at a care home in Epsom.

Charity Care UK's team welcomed guests at Appleby House as they opened the doors to the facility in Longmead Road, enabling them have a look around.

And to mark the launch of the new arts studio they were joined by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Cllr Neil Dallen, Care UK boss Mike Parish and pupils from Epsom Primary School.

During the event young and old teamed together as an intergenerational art session was held, hosted by therapy session group Creative Minds.

Appleby House is believed to be the first care home with its own 'artist-in-residence' with Creative Minds' Kim Whelton - who will aim to inspire creativity within the home and use art therapy to engage those living with dementia.

Home manager Shona Bradbury said: “The residents and team at Appleby House are incredibly proud of our art studio, and we were thrilled to be joined by the local community at our launch event. We are passionate about the importance of encouraging people living with dementia to create art, and express their emotions through a creative outlet.

“We would like to say a big thank you to the councillor Neil Dallen, Mike Parish, and the students from Epsom Primary School for joining us at the launch of our new art studio. We would also like to thank Creative Minds and the local community for making the event such a success.”