Ageing and Creativity is seeking to recruit a freelance creative writing practitioner to devise and deliver a series of writing workshops for a small number of older people in sheltered accommodation in Bicester starting in August 2018. Background Ageing and Creativity is a partnership between the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and Age UK Oxfordshire, who lead and manage the Age of Creativity. The focus of these workshops is to explore how memories and experience can be used to inform creative practice with participants in a shared present, rather than as a resource for reminiscence. The project will enable participants to have fun and explore creative writing, but also challenge attitudes towards ageing and what it means to grow old.
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.
Join Arts 4 Dementia, the National Poetry Library (Southbank Centre) and acclaimed poet Nick Makoha for an 8-week series of poetry workshops for dementia!
DSpare Tyre’s Invisible Women Festival, 19-24 February features new play, The Promise, which explores the moral complexities of the personal choice of assisted dying; Dancer Maria Ghoumrassi explores womanhood in society today in A Tree Without Leaves, and Pauline Walker reads from her novel The Truthteller’s Tale.
For the fourth edition of Festival in My House, Estelle Longmore invited family and fellow residents of Cosgrove Hall Court retirement village in Chorlton to curate their own international Festival. Reflections on Living at Cosgrove Hall Court celebrated the lives, stories and creative interests of the village residents through poetry, song, performance and art.
The original idea for the toolkit came out of a workshop with people affected by Parkinson's. It's been written and produced by a group of creative writers affected by Parkinson's in collaboration with Parkinson's UK.
Have you ever thought about sharing your experiences with your peers? We need to know your highs, lows and tips on helping us to improve wellbeing for older people through the arts.
This guide has been produced by a working group chaired by David Cutler, the Director of the Baring Foundation. It has been written by a group of people with practical experience of making arts and cultural venues dementia friendly
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.
Teabooks from Bookfeast have produced an evaluation of its scheme to Book groups to older people in Oxfordshire
Using books to help people cope with mental, physical and emotional problems is gaining traction
Stories are vitally important to people. Facilitating people’s stories is my job in a variety of settings. Sometimes this is with people exploring themes in later life.
This is a really helpful guide. It provides links to a huge range of relevant information sources,data and facts about older people. It has an excellent section on how to develop library and information services strategies for older people – which means we don’t have to start at the very beginning. It also includes a useful checklist.
Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome siad 'The dementia challenge will not be resolved by the natural sciences alone. It will also require progress in social care.’ What follows in this research and evaluation report, conducted by the Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems at the University of Liverpool, deals with what cannot be resolved by the natural sciences alone.It concerns an intervention based on the reading-aloud of literature in a series of older people’s care settings, and carried out through the work of The Reader Organisation and its Get Into Reading project. It should be stressed that this is not simply a matter of reading to the people who attend these groups: the aim is to encourage active human involvement at both individual and social levels.
Read the latest report on the impact of a project in Oxfordshire that provides book groups for over-60s as a means of combatting loneliness, lack of stimulation and social isolation.
The benefits of reading are spelled out in these two links.
Laura Mackenzie reports on her visit to N America where she learnt about the value of creative engagement for older people, visting innovative projects and undertaking training in new techniques.
Knitted Lives offered women between 60 - 93 the opportunity to work with 2 textile artists and a writer to produce a total of 125 three-dimensional knitted objects representing stories from their lives.
Lapidus promotes the practice of writing for wellbeing and the benefits it brings. Lapidus supports its members, many of whom are writing for wellbeing practitioners working in education, health, community, voluntary, private and public sectors, by sharing information, holding events and creating networks through its country and regional groups.