Drawing On Strengths (arts-based asset audit tool) – deadline 4 December 2017

Drawing On Strengths
Creating a prototype of an arts-based asset audit tool for people in receipt of a dementia diagnosis

London Arts in Health Forum is collaborating with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to explore the role the arts can play for people immediately after a diagnosis of dementia. The aim is to commission a visual artist to create a new tool (using anything from drawing to digital applications) which will help people to map the positive aspects of their lives and to record, using visual means, the positive aspects of their lives. At the same time, we are researching what arts activities are already being employed for people in the period immediately following a dementia diagnosis
Call out for artists and designers
An artist is needed to help create an imaginative mapping tool that allows people to respond to the news of a dementia diagnosis by focusing on the current strengths and resources available to them in their lives as they face an uncertain future. Though a shared examination of what they feel best supports them to live well, the tool will allow people to feel more prepared, aware and reassured following what is commonly experienced as a debilitating and frightening diagnosis.
This is a partnership project between Mersey Care and London Arts in Health Forum that will explore the ways in which the arts can help people in the period immediately following a diagnosis of dementia. The successful candidate will be able to spend time shadowing Mersey Care’s existing post diagnostic support sessions and to then devise a tool for use in these sessions to help people to acknowledge and become more aware of the social and community assets in their lives.
A fee of £2400 will be awarded for work carried out between December 2017 and February 2018. This project is funded by The Creative Health and Wellbeing Hub, (AHRC).
The closing date for applications is December 4th
For more information on this brief, contact Damian Hebron: damian@lahf.org.uk

Download the brief here.

Research call out

Alongside the artist intervention, a researcher is looking more widely at existing applications of arts based interventions in the period immediately post diagnosis. Little is known about the range and scale of arts interventions at this stage. We are looking for any organisations or individuals working in this area to get in touch if they have information about how they work creatively with people in this immediate post-diagnosis phase. Please contact damian@lahf.org.uk