Following our sell-out event last year, this year we will be moving from examining the case for social prescribing and the benefits it offers to exploring the ways in which it can be embedded and implemented. In collaboration with the College of Medicine and the Social Prescribing Network, we will look at how it can be measured and the impact it is already having on outcomes for patients.
The BAAT series of ‘Attachment and the Arts’ conferences aims to explore art therapy through the lens of attachment theory and related research. Being close to others and having trusting relationships is at the heart of being human. The breaking of these affectional bonds can have cruel and catastrophic effects on any of us.
Ahead of Protein’s performance of The Little Prince, join artists from the company for a fun exploration of the much-loved story using movement, storytelling and props. Come armed with imagination and ideas and together we can care for our own planet, tame a fox and explore what it means to find a friend.
Delve into the Greek mythology of the snake-haired gorgon through Jasmin Vardimon’s epic new theatrical piece Medusa. The workshop will explore the repertory, choreographic themes and creative process behind the work, with focus on the powerful feminine symbol of Medusa, the myth and its various connotations in our contemporary life.
The free symposium aims to go beyond the current prescriptive models of 'successful ageing' and 'active ageing', contributing to the development of a more nuanced conception of fulfilment, justice, contentment and wellbeing in older age.
Artists, service users, carers and academics will come together to discuss the arts as a medium for leisure, care and learning in dementia. TAnDem researchers will look at how the arts can best be accessed by people with dementia in residential settings and at what approaches to evaluation are most suitable. Guest speakers will discuss the wider context for the arts and dementia in the UK
Keele's Centre for Ageing Research (KCAR) is delighted to host Dr Nuria Casado Gual (University of Lleida) whose internationally-funded research fellowship is enabling her to develop and share her work on late-life creativity in partnership with colleagues at Keele, the New Vic Theatre, and the creative writing community of North Staffordshire.
Join us as part of The London Intergenerational Network. The network is a self-organised group for people interested in running intergenerational projects to network and share learning. Next meeting Thursday June 7th
Hear, discuss & create! Saturday 21 July Are you an artist? Have you thought about ageing? Come to our workshop to explore, provoke and re-position thinking and understanding about ageing across the life course. The University of Kent and Centre for Policy on Ageing are looking to develop a new perspective on ageing from an artist’s point of view!
Book your place – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-creative-exploration-of-ageing-across-our-lives-tickets-46138721157 “We are inviting artists of all ages, visual and performance artists, photographers, poets, musicians, dancers, writers and film makers to join us to:- explore, create and play with the very notion of ageing; the implications, both in the broadest sense and personal, our perceptions of self in time past, present and future - not so much later life but across the life course .
The Patterns and Potters of our city. 'Tuesday's pottery class is like a religion', said a resident to me the other day, 'it's the marker of my week, every day before and after is the countdown to pottery day'.
This event will provide an overview of the latest research into the role of the arts on health behaviours and outcomes at a population level in the UK. The event is being run as part of a Wellcome Fellowship project led by Dr Daisy Fancourt from the Department of Behavioural Science and Health, University College London.
A conference examining the benefits of singing to physical health Thursday 7 June 2018 10.00am - 4.00pm
Age UK London invite you to: Free Age Awareness Workshop as part of their Age Allies Programme 31st May 2018 Building on the success of our recent workshops we are offering another opportunity to participate. We are all ageist! You, me, everyone. We are constantly bombarded with negative messages about age and have been our whole lives. These messages coalesce into stereotypes and unconscious attitudes that we ourselves will begin to embody as we age.
Join Trinity Laban and its partners for a day of engaging arts activity, created especially for people aged 60 and over as part of London Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2018.
As part of their Age Allies Programme Age UK London are providing free age awareness workshops to people working in organisations in London. The next opportunity to participate is on 15th May in central London...
Join us for Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on Thursday 17 May 2018.
The Festival of Ageing 2018 will take place across Greater Manchester between the 2nd and 15th July 2018 and will be a celebration of positive and diverse images of ageing.
The UK has undergone and continues to experience a fundamental change in its demographic profile and society needs to adapt to support an ageing population. As the average age steadily rises and life expectancy increases by 5 hours a day, due to improved lifestyles and healthcare, a radical review of approach is required. Open Forum Events invite you to join us at the Ageing Population: Meeting Needs Through Innovation conference where the challenges, opportunities and initiatives, which are associated with an older population, will be discussed and shared.
The annual Future of Ageing conferences have been described by delegates as ‘one of the best conferences I have ever attended’. The conferences assemble experts from the fields of health, housing, finance and business to identify the challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing society.
Where Next for Social Prescribing in England - outcomes, patient choice and cost-effectiveness Morning, Wednesday, 21st March 2018 Central London (venue TBC) This Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar will provide an opportunity to discuss the key issues in the increased use of social prescribing in England. Speakers: Dr Michael Dixon, National Clinical Champion for Social Prescribing, NHS England; Co-Chair, Social Prescribing Network and Chair of Council, College of Medicine; James Sanderson, Director of Personalisation and Choice, NHS England Rob Webster, Lead, West Yorkshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Footprintand Chief Executive, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dr James Kingsland, President, National Association of Primary Care (UK)
We are looking for 2 healthcare professionals, 2 artists and 2 researchers to take part in a FREE, immersive two-day research exploration to experience and question if, and how, creativity impacts on our health and wellbeing. Deadline for Applications: 5pm Wednesday 21st February 2018
Are you keen to explore new ways of working and share different perspectives? Are you thinking about trying something new, looking to pursue innovative ideas, and motivated to stretch your potential as part of a dynamic group? If so, we challenge you to join Ideas Hub at Wellcome Collection.
Every third minute in the UK someone will begin living with dementia. This season at West Yorkshire Playhouse we’re presenting a brand new festival of theatre, dementia and hope, the first of its kind. Curated by people living with dementia, Every Third Minute features an outstanding programme of theatre, performance, training and workshops exploring new ways of looking at dementia.
Join Positive Ageing in London and Age Platform Europe (UK section), with help from Wise Age Ltd, on Thursday 22 February 2018, for a conference to discuss how the needs of older people in should be addressed in this strategy.
The Memories of Manchester social event takes place at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, on Sat 10 Feb, 11am-3pm. The aim of the event is to gather people's memories of Manchester City, painting a picture of how the city has changed, and also asking 'What would Manchester look like if it were a more sociable city?'. We will discuss Social Isolation from the perspectives of lots of demographics, but in particular more senior members of society. The event will showcase some of the fantastic work which is already going on to combat isolation. We’d like to invite you into the glorious setting of Whitworth Art Gallery as we build a tapestry of stories to explore and remember the past, present and future of Manchester. It's an afternoon of talks, fun, creative activities and artistic sharing.
Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th March Get Creative Festival shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place right across the UK on a regular basis and encourages people to try their hand at something new and creative. The annual festival is a merger of the previous Get Creative Weekend and Voluntary Arts Festival – now joined together to make one huge nationwide event. Toolkit available on the website.
1st March in Leeds. The biennial Celebrating Age Sharing Seminars are an opportunity to share learning, insights and practical recommendations for age-friendly working, as well as meet cultural professionals working towards age inclusivity in a wide variety of contexts across the country.
4 - 10 June 2018 Creativity and Wellbeing Week happened for the first time in 2012 and has grown to be a major festival highlighting work going on around arts and health. London Arts in Health Forum works to develop the role of culture in wellbeing and to promote and support arts in health activity across London and nationally.The organisation is free to join and offers events, a regular newsletter, training sessions, advice and support for artists, architects, clinical staff and service users - basically anyone with an interest in arts in health.
Our Day Out’ is a programme of creative activities for older people. Creative Arts East hosts twice monthly free dance and music-making activities in Norfolk, aimed at giving people a chance to socialise and try new things in a safe and dementia friendly environment.
Age UK's flagship annual conference will take place on Wednesday 14 March at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London. For Later Life is a one-day conference that brings 300 professionals and volunteers together to discuss the latest developments in age-related policy and practice. We consistently recruit the top experts in academia, healthcare and policy to speak at the event, and as such it has become a must-attend event for anyone interested in ageing policy and/or passionate about delivering quality services for older people.
The seventh annual London Creativity and Wellbeing Week will take place from 4-10 June 2018. LAHF will produced a brochure including all London events in the week (click the image on the right to view the 2017 brochure on Issuu). We are also planning a separate press and media campaign to promote events in the week. Creativity and Wellbeing Week happened for the first time in 2012 and has grown to be a major festival highlighting work going on around arts and health. It is easy to submit events – simply click on the 'Submit an event' button on the right of this page where you can upload details of your events.
Have you been impressed by your local venue, a visiting theatre company, or a trip to an art gallery or museum? If so, this is your chance to let them know - simply cast your vote and let that organisation know why you think they are Fantastic for Families. You could win an iPad Mini in the process!
We all know how difficult it is engage older men in creative pursuits or even just to get them out of the house. Men's Sheds, with branches worldwide, is a brilliant concept. It is holding a ShedderFair on 23 November.
Alexander Whitley takes on the breath-taking scale of space for his company’s new work. Working in partnership with scientists from STFC RAL Space at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 8 Minutes draws inspiration from the images and data of solar science research.
We are excited to welcome Avant Garde Dance Company back to Ipswich, following its premiere performance at the Jerwood DanceHouse in April 2016 and a successful UK tour.
Years Ahead's painting and drawing class is a chance to develop your artistic skills, stretch your ideas around what you can paint and join other people in a friendly, sociable atmosphere. Lessons are led by tutor Claire Weetman and are suitable for people of all abilities. This class takes place in Widnes.
PRESS PLAY: KICKSTART YOUR CAREER IN PARTICIPATORY MUSIC Thinking about the next steps after you complete your music studies? Starting out and looking for some guidance?
Age Friendly Museums Day Sunday 1st October 2017 Free entrance to Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum For one day only on Sunday 1st October 10am – 6pm Free admission to Segedunum on this day only for over 55’s when you mention Age Friendly Museums Day at the welcome desk.
Mementos: An exhibition of memory quilts created by people living with dementia and their close family members / carers.
A Spare Tyre led workshop on working creatively with people with dementia
A dementia friendly production by Spare Tyre.
Lancaster University Centre for Ageing Research Town and Gown Event 7th September 2017 (9.30am – 4.30pm) Banqueting Room, Lancaster Town Hall With the numbers of people with dementia rising and the costs of care spiraling, dementia remains a challenge that the UK cannot overlook. Tackling dementia is now a priority for the NHS. This includes helping people and their carers live well with dementia after diagnosis. Dementia can have a devastating effect on people’s cognitive abilities and with no ‘cure’ on the immediate horizon, there is a real need to think more innovatively about how we can best support individuals and families currently living with dementia in ways that will actively enhance their sense of self and identity and contribute to an improved quality of life. Interestingly, the creative, imaginative and emotional parts of a person often remain relatively strong.
he seventh annual London Creativity and Wellbeing Week will take place from 4-10 June 2018. LAHF will produced a brochure including all London events in the week (click the image on the right to view the 2017 brochure on Issuu). We are also planning a separate press and media campaign to promote events in the week.
Being close to others and having trusting relationships is at the heart of being human. The breaking of these affectional bonds can have cruel and catastrophic effects on any of us. The BAAT ‘Attachment and the Arts’ conferences have aimed to explore art therapy through the lens of attachment theory. The questions are: ‘What is the value of art in building close, trusting relationships?’; ‘What are the implications for art therapy practice and research?’.
Thursday 14 September 2017, 2pm – 4.30pm School of Arts (Jarman Building), University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7UG FREE but please book online www.movingmemorydance.com Do you work with older people in a day-care, residential or community setting? Would you be interested in finding out more about how dance and creative movement contributes enormously to the health and well-being of older people? Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company would like to invite you to a special demonstration and workshop on Thursday 14th September at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Aim This one-day course will introduce participants to the use of Circle Dance in Dementia, and provide them with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver circle dance sessions in their own settings. The course is suitable for practitioners who work with people with dementia in group settings, such as care staff, activity coordinators, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, community dance practitioners, community musicians, exercise instructors, day centre workers and volunteers who are based in settings with people with dementia.
Sunday 8 October, 10am – 1pm School of Arts (Jarman Building), University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7UG FREE but please book online Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company would love to meet older women who are interested in finding out more about the company and taking part in a “Moving Well” workshop.
Saturday 2 September, 10am – 1pm School of Arts (Jarman Building), University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7UG FREE but please book online Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company would love to meet older women who are interested in finding out more about the company and taking part in a “Moving Well” workshop.
Do you work with older people in a day-care, residential or community setting? Would you like to find out how the work of Moving Memory - especially the digital element - contributes to the health and well-being of older people? Please come to a special demonstration and workshop on Thursday 14th September at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
After a number of conferences on the subject of the differences and similarities between the practices of arts in health and arts therapies, "Creative Arts Therapies and Arts in Health: Current Training Provisions and Future Challenges" will explore the differences in training between the two approaches.
Hosted by Nottingham City Council in partnership with the Imagine Programme and supported by The Baring Foundation, the conference will look at innovative approaches to improve the health and wellbeing of older people. Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 September 2017 Tickets: 1 Day £28, 2 days £44
Sagacity! is London's annual festival celebrating older people dancing. Two days of FREE dance activities including 'Back to 87' themed workshops, a dance film screening and a gala performance by some of London's unique older people's dance companies
Come along to this free performance by Collective Encounters Third Age acting company, which takes a fresh, funny and satirical look at health inequalities in the UK. From the 9th to the 21st June we will be taking the show to St.Helens, Coventry, Leeds, Aintree before finishing at The Brain Charity in Liverpool.
As part of London Creativity and Wellbeing Week I am showcasing the talents of my pottery students who I teach from 4 residential and care homes in London and Surrey.
Arts, dance, music and dementia: from Professional Practice to Social Prescription Tuesday 27 June at Sheffield Hallam University 10am until 5pm (registration from 9am onwards)
Looking at innovative approaches to improve the Health and Wellbeing of older people. Tuesday 5 & Wednesday 6 September 2017 Organised by Nottingham City Council in partnership with the Imagine Programme and supported by The Baring Foundation
Luminate, Scotland's creative ageing festival, offers a chance to celebrate creativity, share stories, and to explore what ageing means to all of us, providing a national platform for local creative activities by, with and for older people in Scotland. Companies, organisations and individuals are invited to put an event forward to be part of it.
What role can the arts play in keeping us healthy, for longer? How can creativity protect and enhance wellbeing and quality of life for older people? Boost your understanding of how cultural engagement can generate good health in later life and support healthy ageing by coming along to this informative panel discussion presented by London Arts in Health Forum in partnership with RADA. The panel will feature members of RADA’s Elders Company, their resident theatre company for over 60s; clinical health psychologist, Dr Paul Camic; Co-Director of Salmagundi Films, Bo Chapman; and Artistic Director of Turtle Key Arts, Charlotte Cunningham MBE.
The first NAMIH conference is to be held at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. The conference will be held on Monday July 10th, 11AM - 6PM. The Task and Finish group is working hard on putting together the programme.
Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which uniquely celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes active and engaged living as we get older.
Dorset’s first arts festival for dementia, Reawakening, will celebrate the county’s heritage, countryside and artistic life – from the Jurassic coast to Thomas Hardy, historic houses and estates, horticulture, ceramics, music, dance, poetry and drama, textiles, basketry and carving in wood and stone. "As imaginative and artistic instincts can remain vibrant for years after onset of dementia, engaging with the arts and enjoying country exercise help preserve identity and sense of purpose in the community for longer.
The sixth annual London Creativity and Wellbeing Week will take place from 12-18 June 2017. LAHF has produced a brochure including all the events in the week. We are also planning a separate press and media campaign to promote events in the week and in Creativity and Wellbeing Plus – for events across the country and internationally. London Creativity and Wellbeing Week happened for the first time in 2012. The 2016 week saw over 150 events with nearly 25,000 participants right across London. The week has now become a crucial feature in the capital's cultural calendar. It is easy to submit events – simply click on the 'Submit an event' button on the right of this page where you can upload details of your events.
Woodville Halls, Gravesend, 7.30pm The Hawth Crawley, June 4th 7.30pm Beyond the Marigolds peels off those iconic rubber gloves and dredges the nooks and crannies of daily life and fantasy. Revisiting times of love, intimacy and sheer boredom seven women reveal the rich emotional hinterland held secret by older women. Combining live and digital forms, the company takes their audience on a fragmented journey of life’s messy acts of meaning – and attempt nothing less than to discover the meaning
Our 6th Creative Dementia Arts Network conference offers you a unique opportunity to experience the UK’s best practice and to explore how we can progress mainstreaming arts for people with dementia through social prescription. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from music and dance therapists, musicians, singers, composers, dancers, visual and digital artists, actors, poets, film makers and more.
A one-day workshop delivered by Arts 4 Dementia (A4D), and suitable for arts facilitators, workshop leaders, animateurs, volunteers and postgraduate arts students, as well as organisational staff in areas focused on learning, access, inclusion, development, community outreach, audience development, or visitor programmes.
“NO to the society that demands we all be alike. NO to the coercion to consume and conform. NO to the poisoned world that drives its people to flee into introspection and solitude. NO to the dislocation, depression and anger this breeds. Art is for empathy. Art is for loving your brothers and your sisters and yourself. Art is for a chance to live”.
The world stands on the threshold of a great demographic transformation. The number of people aged 65 or older is projected to grow from an estimated 524 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050. From China to South Africa, across urban, rural and conflict affected settings, ever-growing ageing communities face challenges and foster new opportunities for effective care.
ART, DANCE, MUSIC AND DEMENTIA: FROM PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE TO SOCIAL PRESCRIPTION.
The Befrienders, an older people's singing and social group and Trinity Laban vocal students present a feel good musical celebration of Spring time.
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 21 September 2017 Keynote speaker: Geoff Wong (University of Oxford) GP & internationally recognised expert in realist evaluation of complex health and social care interventions. Artist and practitioner-lead workshops from: The Imagine Arts programme,Created Out of Mind at the Wellcome Huband dance practitioner Diane Amans
Age proved no barrier to dance this week as members of the Generation Games took part in a workshop with the Rambert Dance Company.
24 November 2017 : Hilton London Metropole We are proud to announce that the National Care Awards will return in 2017 for the 19th consecutive year! Entries open in the spring and culminate with our distinguished, black tie, Awards Presentation Dinner on Friday 24 November 2017 at the outstanding Hilton London Metropole, on the Edgware Road. Entries open in the spring, so now is the time to start planning your nominations!
Fifty fully funded conference bursaries are now available for people living with dementia and family members / carers to attend the Dementia 2020 Conference free of charge at the Royal Society of Medicine on 13 April 2017.
Established in 2014, the Elixir Festival is a unique event celebrating lifelong creativity and the contribution of older artists. It was set up to recognise the contribution that older artists make, challenge assumptions about what older people can and want to do, throw a spotlight on the diversity of dance practice and raise questions about what is next for the sector. In its inaugural year, the festival provided 2,500 people with the opportunity to experience older people dancing live and saw 500 older performers grace Sadler’s Wells’ stages. The Elixir Festival will return from 23-27 June 2017, to celebrate lifelong creativity and the legacy of older artists whose catalogue of work has changed the art form and continues to influence the future of dance. Alongside KnowBody II, the main stage programme, the festival will include seminars, workshops and three mixed programmes in the Lilian Baylis Studio.
'Third Act' proudly presents ‘Swallows’, a new play by Bob Whorton, a member of the ‘Third Act’ playwriting group for older aspiring writers. This professional production explores the issues surrounding the right to die, and is set a few years into the future. A new law has been passed demanding all hospices, hospitals and residential homes provide a suitable 'dying room' for those who wish to end their lives. This moving play explores with sensitivity, the choices facing Professor Raymond Parker and the conflict which exists between different ethical and emotional viewpoints of the professor, his son and medical team
12-18 June 2017 This year’s Creativity and Wellbeing Week will be taking place from 12-18 June and we’re looking for organisations, artists, clinicians, commissioners and thinkers to get involved. Our sixth festival will be structured around the life-course, exploring the different ways in which we can benefit from engaging with the arts throughout our lives. Each day will be dedicated to a section of the lifecourse, so we are encouraging organisations to submit events, performances, workshops, talks, launches and exhibitions to synchronise with this.
An evening organised by older people for older people.
An estimated 120,000 people now take part in the Bealtaine Festival, making it one of Ireland’s biggest arts festivals. From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists. It is a chance for people to make new and challenging work, a chance to communicate traditions between the generations. It is a chance for the novice to discover a talent until then unseen and a chance for a long-dormant skill to find a new outlet.
Elixir Festival celebrated lifelong creativity and the contribution of older artists. Over four illuminating days, the festival featured a range of performances on Sadler's Wells' main stage and in the Lilian Baylis Studio.
What is the resulting exchange when artists of different ages, perspectives and places in their artistic journey collide? Trinity Laban music and dance students and Voices in Motion, one of Trinity Laban's creative groups for older adults in Lewisham, explore the theme of artistic identity across generations in a free interactive workshop and reflective event at Tate Modern’s Tate Exchange.
Museums for Health and Wellbeing second conference The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing is very pleased to be holding its second conference at the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds. The programme will feature speakers from the health, social care and museum sectors who will explore the contribution museums can make to health and wellbeing from a range of different perspectives.
Exploring current age-friendly thinking and practice in museums developed through cross-sector collaborations.
Back by popular demand Green Candle Dance Company is pleased to announce bookings are open for Moving into Maturity 2017, a course for those interested in leading dance for older people and dance for dementia.
The conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners. Earlybird registration ends 28 February 2017.
Booking is now open for the Storytelling for Health conference, which takes place in Swansea on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June 2017.
Some of Winchester’s oldest residents have shared their life stories to shape an unusual new theatre performance that explores what it’s like to be an older person in contemporary Britain.
This evidence review is part of a series produced by Age UK, in order to provide evidence to underpin decision-making for people involved in commissioning, service development, fundraising and influencing.
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