Older People

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.

Stable Connections – 3 November 2020

Age Action Alliance and Flourishing Lives are hosting a free online workshop to provide practical support for services for older people. The workshop will focus on strengthening creative engagement in older people’s arts and wellbeing services during Covid, sharing best practice in working relationally with older adults both online and offline during this time.

Mel Nurse, Co-Founder of More Human, the 'tech for good' startup business helping communities flourish, will be speaking during the session.  

Artists sought to deliver Matinée Outreach project – deadline 24 August 2020

Matinée, the Derbyshire based scheme that initially focused on providing dementia friendly film events for those living with dementia and their friends, family and carers, has launched a new project in response to Covid-19. The scheme is seeking two artists to work creatively with individual households with people living with dementia and currently isolated due to the coronavirus crisis, to develop their sense of connectedness.

Further details of the roles and project, and how to apply can be found here

 

National Day of Arts in Care Homes – 24 September 2020

This year’s National Day of Arts in Care Homes is themed #CreativeCommunities. Visit the dedicated site to learn more about organising an event and sharing your stories. The site features a range of resources, including How to guides and toolkits, to support care home staff to run projects and activities for residents.

 

Online Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training - 30 July 2020

This interactive early-stage dementia awareness training, specifically for arts facilitators and learning teams from arts organisations, will be delivered for Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) by trainer Aubrey Maasdorp, with arts workshop guidance from Roberta Mazur, Ellen Wilson and Nigel Franklin of A4D.

m4d Radio launches to help those living with dementia

Music for Dementia has launched m4d Radio to help bring music into the lives of people living with dementia. The five free radio stations play music from the 1930s onwards, including one designed to bring together listeners of all ages in a care home setting with a mix of music.  

Following focus groups and feedback the five stations have been curated to create a source of appropriate music. The programme includes sessions on music to move to, songs from musicals, and soothing night-time tracks.

Older citizen community dance programme proved effective at fall prevention

Dance to Health, a community dance programme for older people, has published its phase one evaluation report on the programme’s effectiveness on addressing prevention of falls. The report, produced by Sheffield Hallam University Sports Industry Research Centre, found there was a 58% reduction in the number of falls experienced by participants in the previous 12 months.

The report also found positive improvements in participants' physical and mental wellbeing, including:

Arts 4 Dementia Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations – 18 June 2020

This full-day online training 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, including remotely. This interactive training, held over Zoom, offers an opportunity to connect with other arts facilitators and organisations.

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