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Arts & Activities providers

Arts and activities providers that are committed to working with older people or other adults in care and support facilities. To request additional entries to this list please submit your details.

Age Friendly Museums Network

Age Friendly Museums Network
https://agefriendlymuseums.wordpress.com/

The Age Friendly Museums Network believes museums and older people enrich each other and that ageing is something everyone in the world shares from birth.

We aim to develop innovative and collaborative opportunities by bringing people together. As well as museum, gallery and arts professionals, the Network includes those from health and social care, voluntary sector, research professionals and older people themselves.

The Age Friendly Museums Network offers free workshops and training, explores and shares good practice and encourages creativity and new initiatives. Committed to working in partnership, the Network seeks to support organisations and individuals to become leaders in their respective fields and to represent older voices and a positive experience of ageing.
#agefriendlymn

Bright Shadow

Bright Shadow
http://www.brightshadow.org.uk

Bright Shadow is a social enterprise whose mission is to enable people with dementia to live well and to thrive. Bright Shadow champions brighter quality care through:
  • Zest workshops - participatory performance workshops for people living with dementia in care settings and the community
  • Activities Training Courses  - Practical training for professional care workers about how to implement creativity in their settings
  • Bright Boxes – Resource kits for care settings and people living in their own homes to encourage engagement, communication and participation in meaningful activity.

Creative Minds

Creative Minds
http://www.creativemindsan.co.uk

Creative Minds is community of passionate artists delivering fun and therapeutic Art Sessions to care homes and other venues across the UK. We currently work with older adults and people with learning disabilities helping people of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity!

#artsessions

Engage & Create

Engage & Create
http://www.engageandcreate.com

Engage & Create is a social enterprise dedicated to transforming quality of life for people with dementia and those that care for them. We passionately believe in the rights of people living with dementia to enjoy human contact and conversation – even when verbal communication has become a challenge. Our innovative Ignite Programme trains those working in dementia care in the art of excellent communication, whilst also providing inspirational materials to do so. The exploration of paintings using tablet computers triggers responses and stories that spark conversations and connections. Engage & Create also offer a range of highly acclaimed specialist dementia education that inspires teams to understand the lived experience of dementia and gives practical solutions for caregivers.

Green Candle Dance Company

Green Candle Dance Company
http://www.greencandledance.com/

WE BELIEVE everyone has the right to express and enjoy themselves through dance. From its base in East London for over 27 years, Green Candle Dance Company has been bringing the experience of dance to all ages, abilities and stages of life.

info@greencandledance.com

Ladder to the Moon

Ladder to the Moon
http://www.laddertothemoon.co.uk/

Ladder to the Moon supports social care organisations to deliver outstanding care and improve their business performance. We do this by developing creative climates throughout care services. As a CQC recognised provider we use approaches that incorporate training, coaching and vibrant events. We involve everyone involved in the service: leaders and frontline staff, people living with long-term conditions, and the wider community.

At Ladder to the Moon we offer 3 core services that support Care providers to achieve Outstanding care. These 3 services can be tailored to suit your environment, and at each level we work with you throughout. As recognised by the CQC we offer enabling programmes to take your care business to the next level. With over 12 years of experience in the care sector and multi-award winning services, Ladder to the Moon is unique in the industry as a way to support the development of people and communities

chris@laddertothemoon.co.uk

Live Music Now

Live Music Now
http://www.livemusicnow.org.uk

Live Music Now (LMN) is a UK-wide charity, created by violinist Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker in 1977. 

LMN delivers interactive live music programmes in care homes and hospitals, and a range of community and healthcare settings. Our work is delivered by high-quality professional musicians at the start of their careers , who we train to deliver projects based on the latest medical, educational and healthcare research. They are drawn from a wide variety of genres, from classical to folk, jazz to world and pop. Each year, they deliver over 2,500 participatory performances and workshops, reaching over 120,000 people across the UK. In the past 39 years, more than 2 million people have benefited. 

Working with partners such as the National Care Forum, NAPA and CQC we are campaigning for greater access to music and the arts and have developed tools to ensure that participants in our programmes experience measurable therapeutic, social and emotional benefits.  We recently led the Choir in Every Care Home project in partnership with the Sidney de Haan Research Centre and Sound Sense.

Living Through Landscapes

Living Through Landscapes
www.dementiagarden.org.uk

Living through Landscapes is a pioneering project to support people with dementia by transforming outdoor spaces at 30 care homes across the UK. The project is led by national charity Learning through Landscapes and was made possible thanks to a £1.3 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Despite the fact that most dementia care settings have an outside space, our research suggest they are used rarely if at all, that service providers feel they are unsafe, or they lack confidence and resources to encourage better use of their space.

The Living through Landscapes project aims to support settings to improve the use of their outside space through a supported  ‘dementia friendly’ consultation and engagement process, garden transformations, and training and support to care settings.

Thirty care homes and day centres will be directly funded throughout the three years of the project, but the resources developed including podcast or online versions of training and the garden designs will be available to any other setting who would like to take steps to improve the use of their own outside space.

Many Happy Returns

Many Happy Returns
http://www.manyhappyreturns.org

We can only care for people if we care about them and we can only care about them if we understand how their life experiences affect how they are today."" Sarah Reed founded Many Happy Returns in 2008 after ten years’ caring for her mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease.

Observing the challenges of meaningful conversations with people with dementia, she developed REAL Communication – a relational model of good practice; and created 1940s and 1950s 'Chatterbox' flash cards to help make encounters more rich and rewarding for everyone.



Interactive workshops offer simple techniques for improving communication using an evidence-based model. (Gold, 2014 Performance Learning Awards).

Musica Music and Wellbeing

Musica Music and Wellbeing
http://www.musica-music.co.uk/

Musica provides music workshops and performances for older adults in community and healthcare settings. Our interactive sessions are designed to improve the overall well-being of the participants and each workshop is tailored to suit the needs of the group we are working with.

#musicalif

Salmgundi Films

Salmgundi Films
http://salmagundifilms.co.uk/

Salmagundi Films is a not for profit participatory arts organisation founded in 2004 by Zoë Flynn and Bo Chapman and based in Stratford, East London. We work with people of all ages and abilities and those at risk of exclusion, using film and stop frame animation as a platform for creative expression - to give people a voice.


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