Working with elderly and frail people and people living with dementia in Portsmouth, using the arts to create positivity and confidence.
Using mime, music, monologues, improvisation and forum theatre, we engage and communicate using drama as a tool. Using their words we then take their stories back to our creative team, where they deliver a beautifully illustrated booklet.
Red Sauce also film their sessions for our casts to view, creating a performance and a Theatre Therapy Workshop they can keep.
Find out more – www.redsaucetheatre.co.uk
Siel Bleu provides exercise classes in care homes to more than 70,000 people in France, Ireland and Belgium.
They have been facilitating both personalised and group sessions for individuals, community groups and residential homes since 1997 in more than 2,000 care homes. Their aim is not only to improve people’s health but to enhance independence, autonomy and
socialisation through group participation.
For more information see: http://sielbleu.ie/
For a similar service in the UK see Oomph Wellness Limited
Culture Club brings the best of culture including interesting events, programmes and workshops for the over 55’s to the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire.
They host and promote artistic, environmental, educational or sporting activities to suit all tastes- from gardening to cinema screenings to singing workshops.
The scheme is free to join and subsidised for those who can’t afford to pay. Local volunteers come to each event, help with travel arrangements, and provide company if someone is attending on their own.
See http://www.culture-club.org.uk/ for more information.
Changing Lives in Cornwall is a partnership of voluntary groups and state services providing schemes like; Steady On (provides ‘buddies’ to help older adults with balance issues); Get Well Stay Well (a support service for those returning home after a stay in hospital) and
Memory Café (a place for those who suffer from or care for older adults with dementia).
This holistic approach to local service provision is working well. And older people aren’t just the recipients of services; they also get involved in providing support.
For more information see: http://www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/changing-lives/
You can watch the video of how Changing Lives can be found
Life Reimagined is a web platform that helps people to re-evaluate their skills and pursue new ambitions. It brings together a whole range of experts in personal development, ageing and transitions to guide positive life changes from new employment opportunities to improving one’s health.
It does this through a personalised guidance system that involves six practices that help to guide personal change;
- Reflecting on the stage that you are currently at in your life and your feelings about it
- Connecting with others to share your ideas of change and learn their perspectives and experiences
- Exploring thinking honestly about the road you could take in life
- Choosing the direction you wish to take
- Repacking ones priorities in order to take the steps necessary to achieve this new direction
- Acting on the steps needed for action
For more information see: http://lifereimagined.aarp.org/how-it-works
For a video on their work see; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT7eTMW1EDE
Vintage communities bring people together to find local solutions to local problems.
Staff at Vintage Communities work intensively in small areas (usually a ward or smaller) for 6-9 months. They gather enthusiasts, older people, local representatives of clubs and societies together, and act as a facilitator to help the group map their local assets and problems. Older people in the group then take the lead on designing and delivering new initiatives to improve their community.
The first Vintage Community was set up in Balham in 2011 where the group has hosted a street party and an event where neighbours show what they have to offer to others for example cooking, dog walking and teaching a foreign language.
The ultimate goal is for the community group itself to function independently, and so in time staff at Vintage Communities move on to support another community to get started.
For more information see:
For a video detailing their work in Balham;
Knit for peace supports and creates knitting groups in a variety of locations within areas of deprivation that can benefit from bringing communities together (e.g. community groups, prisons, schools).
On top of being an enjoyable and therapeutic activity, knitting has previously been linked with a number of positive outcomes such as lowered blood pressure, improved chronic pain, decreasing depression and offsetting social isolation (see Stitchlinks and Dr Benson of the Harvard Medical School).
As well as bringing people and communities together Knit for Peace also gives group members the opportunity to help others in need by linking them with charities that work directly with those benefitting from kitted items (e.g. at risk older adults, refugee camps in Africa, hospitals, homeless shelters, animal homes) and keeping the knitters updated on where their items go.
For more information see: http://www.knitforpeace.org.uk/
Spots of Time have a mission to make it easier for people to put their spare ‘spots of time’ to good use in their communities through making it easy for others to share their time and talents with care home residents.
People can get involved by picking from a large range of activities that they can host at their local care homes. Activities such as: sharing your favourite mix tape, gardening tips, learning skills from residents or teaching crafts such as knitting, painting, and collage.
They also provide an opportunity for drama groups to rehearse, for beauticians in training to practice, to share writing or poetry and even to bring your own pet along to meet the residents!
For more information see:
The wisdom bank provides a platform for people approaching retirement to share their skills and insights with those that need their advice.
The site has three main feature:
- Find-allows people to find others who may be able to help through their personal experiences you can search based on; wisdom that the person wishes to share, profession, skills and interests even personality traits.
- Share-offers a platform to share the transferable skills an individual has to offer such as how to care for an older relative as you age.
- Connect- to link with others to capitalise on the ‘wealth of unused wisdom out there’ such as Doris who asked for interviewing hints and tips and received a wealth of comments in return from experienced professionals.
Results from a large collaborative pilot involving 90 people from 10 countries illustrate the importance and appeal of wisdom bank. Details of these results can be found here
For more information see: http://www.wisdombank.org.uk/
A video describing the Wisdom bank and how it can benefit you can be found here