Education and training

Wellcome Trust engagement fellowships – deadline 7 February 2019

Engagement Fellowships develop emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds so they can engage the public with health research.

The fellowships are open to a wide range of people, including (but not limited to):

Reminiscence in dementia care, London – 17-18 January 2019

Venue: Charlie Ratchford Centre, Belmont Street, NW1 8HF. It is very near Chalk Farm Station (4min walk) and Kentish Town West Station is 10minutes walk.

Dates: Thursday 17th and Friday 18th January 2019

Time: 9:30 – 17:00

This experiential course will be led by highly experienced reminiscence arts practitioners and trainers, with input from volunteers and former carers. It will be certificated by the European Reminiscence Network.

Dementia and the Arts MOOC – 21 January 2019

The online course "Sharing practice, developing understanding and enhancing lives" will explore the potential for the to create common ground between people, and contribute to improving the quality of life and care for people living with different dementias.

Estimated learning time is approximately 2 hours per week across 4 weeks, at your own pace. Each of the 4 weeks will showcase current best practice, explain the limits of our current understanding, and set ambitious goals for enhancing the lives of anyone affected by one of these conditions.

Making music for people with dementia, Salisbury – 28 February 2019

The aim of this one-day training is to provide an introduction to musical and other improvisational ways of working with people living with dementia.

By the end of this training day participants will be able to:

Creative approaches to teaching dance in community, educational and hospital settings – 11-12 March 2019

This two-day training event will provide key information and practical strategies on how to creatively engage young people with SEN, older adults, and those living with long-term health conditions.

Akademi delivers outreach work in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, day care centres, schools, care homes and community centres. Working as a dance artist in settings such as these requires varied approaches and specific skills.

Press Play to Rewind online training

Musica Music and Wellbeing CIC have launched an online version of their Press Play to Rewind training, supporting care homes to use meaningful music activities and personalised playlists on a daily basis with their residents with dementia.

To find out more information about the course visit

New Aesop / Canterbury Christ Church course for arts and health professionals

The Aesop Institute 2019 is aimed at people who wish to devise and run successful arts and health programmes. This newly designed course will start with a three-day residential school in Folkestone in May 2019, with a two-day follow-up residential in Canterbury in September 2019.

Aesop is a charity and social enterprise; the organisation’s mission is to help health harness the powers of the arts, and help the arts gear up to deliver health improvement.

Arts 4 Dementia early-stage dementia awareness training – 17 December 2018

The day aims to give arts facilitators greater understanding, increased skills and confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers. It is to help organisations work towards reaching new audiences, making their institutions more inclusive, and increasing their impact in the community.

This early-stage dementia awareness session will be delivered for Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) by Dementia Pathfinders trainer Aubrey Maasdorp, with arts workshop guidance from Imelda Dooley Hunter, A4D.

Sing to Beat Parkinson's course, Snape Maltings – 28-29 January 2019

The course offers a specialist opportunity for musicians and emerging artists to gain experience and develop a toolkit to run a singing group for people with Parkinson's and their carers.

The course will be led by Grenville Hancox (Honorary Professor in Music, Health and Well Being, University of Kent; Artistic Director, Canterbury Cantata Trust Founder and expert in
singing and wellbeing) and Nicola Wydenbach (an experienced Parkinson's and Singing practitioner and Founder of the Contented Music Club).

Please see details on the attached flyer

Atlantic Fellowship for Equity in Brain Health – deadline 3 January 2018

Applications are now open for the 2019/20 Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health programme at the Global Brain Health Institute. The Atlantic Fellows program at GBHI provides innovative training in brain health, leadership, and dementia prevention to a broad array of promising leaders from various professions, including medicine, science, business, law, social science, journalism, and the arts.


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