Older People

Final countdown to Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2021

The final countdown has begun to Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2021, our annual celebration of the ground-breaking work happening around the country in culture, creativity, health and wellbeing. It’s not too late to enter your own event. Discover our resources here.

Creative Ageing Forum - Older people and arts, health and wellbeing – 17 June 2021

Following interest from its members, Leeds Arts Health and Wellbeing Network has launched a forum to explore Creative Ageing. Join this meeting to explore how Leeds is becoming an age-friendly city and hear examples of great practice happening in the region.

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With Age, Art and Life Become One – 19 May 2021

The removal of much appreciated activities, human contact and services during Covid-19 has taken its toll physically, mentally and spiritually on our older population. How have arts and culture interventions made a difference during these difficult days, what challenges have been faced, and how can the lessons learned help shape the recovery and renewal of services for the future?

Call for participants to develop course for utilising music in dementia care

The Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at Anglia Ruskin University is asking for participants for a study aimed at developing an intensive training course for qualified music therapists, musicians and other healthcare professionals who wish to pursue an advanced level of knowledge and skills of utilising music in dementia care.

To help develop the course a series of focus groups will be conducted in May 2021 to identify core components and elements to be incorporated in the training.

Research assistant and treasurer vacancies at Entelechy Arts – deadlines 28 March and 7 April 2021

South East London-based charity Entelechy Arts produces projects which powerfully test the boundaries between art, creativity, care, wellbeing and community. The programmes are created by and for the communities they work with, namely isolated older people, those living with profound and multiple disabilities, and those living in care home environments, enabling them to play an active and visible role in the creative life of their community.

Student Knowledge Exchange: NHS & RCSSD Project Festival – until 26 March 2021

This celebration of the Student Knowledge Exchange project between The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust shares insights, learning, and achievements from the projects. The events are centred around the individual programmes undertaken as part of the broader Innovating Knowledge Exchange: Student Involvement in Delivering Better Patient Experience in the NHS project jointly funded by Research England and the Office for Students.

A4D Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations – 25 February 2021

Arts facilitators and learning teams from arts organisations are invited to take part in this training that aims to give attendees greater understanding, increased skills and improved confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers. In the light of the COVID-19 situation, there will be a special focus on virtual activities with opportunities to network in Zoom breakout rooms.

The Paul & Nick Harvey Fund

The Utley Foundation has announced the launch of the £500k Paul & Nick Harvey Fund. Donated by The Hunter Foundation, the money will build on the work The Utley Foundation is doing to support people living with dementia through music. The opportunity is open for organisations who deliver musical services to people living with dementia anywhere within the UK.

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Call for contributions to Treasury of Arts Activities for Older People – deadline 22 December 2020

Small Things Creative Projects are working with The Baring Foundation and The Rayne Foundation to produce a second treasury of arts activities for older people and are inviting people to submit an exercise or activity to be considered for inclusion.  Building on the success of the first treasury, this new publication will be a practical guide for anybody who supports older people professionally or as a volunteer who would like to explore the ways that they can take a creative approach and u

Baring Foundation examines creative response to older people during lockdown

The Baring Foundation has launched a report examining the creative ageing sector's response to supporting the wellbeing of older people during Covid-19 and throughout lockdown.

The almost overnight transition to operating remotely meant the swift development of online offer of activities. To counter the digital divide, these activities also included non-digital methods such as telephone contact and activity packs through the post and often extended to other services such as befriending or delivering food.

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