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Women Speak Volumes - Inspiring Older Women to Tell Their Stories (Speaking Volumes | Worldwide) August 2023

Women Speak Volumes is a free Inspiration Bank, a first step in helping older women to tell their stories in whatever way they want to through the inspiring stories of those who have, and still are, leading the way. Discover their inspiring stories.

House of Memories On The Road Immersive Mobile Museum (House of Memories, National Museums Liverpool | Merseyside) May 2023

House of Memories On The Road is a touring 30 metre square mobile museum that opens up into an immersive cinema and activity space, designed to create memorable experiences for vulnerable and socially isolated people, and those living with dementia.

Moving Music Concerts (Sound Resource | Oxfordshire) February 2023

Relaxed concerts, all welcome in particular people living with dementia and their family, friends and carers in Radley, Oxfordshire. Email movingmusicconcerts@gmail.com

In Mature Company (Yorkshire Dance | West Yorkshire) February 2023

Led by Yorkshire Dance, In Mature Company is a programme of creative movement sessions that brings dance artists and musicians into dementia care homes across Leeds. Here is a report reflecting on our work in 2022.

Age-positive image library (Centre for Ageing Better | UK Wide) January 2023

We've created the first free library showing positive and realistic images of over 50s in a bid to challenge negative and stereotypical views of older age.

The Storybox Project AT HOME (Small Things Creative Projecs | Greater Manchester) September 2022

A dementia friendly project which is free and open to all. It is an online resource which provides hundreds of dementia friendly creative activity ideas which are accessible and easy to try.

Garden Path collage (Helena Edwards | Cheshire) September 2022

Collage ciompleted by 7 Keate House care home residents in September 2022. I provided a background and drawings in waterproof ink on watercolour paper, for residents to add colour.

Unexpected Encounters: How museums nurture living and ageing well 2016-18 (Age UK Oxfordshire/ University of Leicester | England) August 2022

University of Leicester explored the relationship between natural heritage, older people and wellbeing. Age UK Oxfordshire were a strategic partner. https://le.ac.uk/-/media/uol/docs/research-centres/rcmg/publications/unexpected-encounters-s.pdf

Celebrating Age Funding for National Festival Development 2018-19 (Age UK Oxfordshire/ Voluntary Arts | UK Wide) August 2022

Age UK Oxfordshire and Voluntary Arts were jointly awarded £100k to develop the Age of Creativity Festival and Get Creative, supporting older people across the UK to access local creative and cultural experiences. Funded by ACE and Baring Foundation ...

Creative Ageing Festivals- How to get involved (Age of Creativity/ Silver Sunday/ Arts in Care Homes | England) August 2022

The Age of Creativity Festival, Silver Sunday and Arts in Care Homes are all special moments throughout the year to celebrate creative ageing. Find out the who, what, where, when, why of each festival and how to get involved.

Oxfordshire Age Friendly Creative Network (Age UK Oxfordshire | Oxfordshire) August 2022

The Oxfordshire Age Friendly Creative Network (OAFCN) exists to ensure that older people across Oxfordshire have access to high quality creative and cultural opportunities. To join contact HelenFountain@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk (part of the AoC Team)

Creative Windows for the Jubilee (Age UK Oxfordshire | Oxfordshire) August 2022

This project was delivered by Age UK Oxfordshire, co-designed by our Age Friendly Creative Ambassadors and funded by Arts Council England to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee with communities across Oxfordshire. The final outcome forms a Jubilee Archive

Connecting Through Culture As We Age (Age of Creativity/ University of Bristol | UK Wide) August 2022

Connecting through culture as we age is a co-produced research project that explores how and why we take part in arts and culture as we get older. The Age of Creativity have been supporting this Knowledge Transfer project as a key partner.

TeaBooks Oxfordshire: Supported Reading Book Groups (Age UK Oxfordshire | Oxfordshire) August 2022

The TeaBooks project organises social book groups for the over 60s, which enable members to share their love of books and reading while making new friends. Each group is facilitated by a trained volunteer group leader.

Coventry City of Culture- The Show Windows: Reflections with Historic England (Historic England/ Age of Creativity | Warwickshire) July 2022

Coventry City of Culture, Historic England and the Age of Creativity worked in partnership to commission an older artist to be part of the celebrations. Martin Green, a local visual artist, produced a contemporary heritage archive for The Arcade.

Art by Post: Of Home and Hope 2020-22 (Age UK Oxfordshire | Oxfordshire) June 2022

The Southbank Centre’s Art by Post project launched in May 2020 to provide free creative activities to people across the UK at risk of social isolation, loneliness and digital exclusion. Age UK Oxfordshire were a key local delivery partner.

Framing Oxford (Age UK Oxfordshire/ Oxford History Centre/ Film Oxford | Oxfordshire) ARCHIVED 2024

This project took place during the Covid 19 pandemic and adopted a blended approach to delivery, both on-line and off-line. The Framing Oxford film shares the outcomes from the project and was made in partnership with Film Oxford.

Creative Socials (Creative Arts East | Norfolk) ARCHIVED 2024

Monthly workshops for anyone 50+ in Norfolk. Activities change monthly and range from dancing and music, to arts, crafts and creative writing. A welcoming and inclusive group for anyone who wants to try something new and make new connections.

The Smiling Sessions Christmas Singalongs (Shapeshifter Productions | Greater London) ARCHIVED 2024

The Smiling Sessions are participatory singing activities delivered in care homes. We are celebrating Christmas with an advent calendar of video sing a longs, one song a day, available on our youtube channel or on www.smilingsessions.com

All Change Art For Wellbeing Challenge (Medley | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2024

Take part in a new art for wellbeing challenge for the month of February (from home in your own time),comparing benefits of figurative and abstract art styles: an art prompt by email every other day, FB group sharing. Part of my ACE-funded work

Creative Challenge Pack (Age UK Oxfordshire/ 64M Artists | Oxfordshire) ARCHIVED 2024

During the pandemic, we adapted the Creative Challenge Pack produced in 2019 (as part of the Age of Creativity Festival) to become part of a postal project. Packs were delivered to 1000 homes in 2021 with support from local community teams.

Moments of Magic- Age Friendly Creativity During the Pandemic (Age UK Oxfordshire/ Oxfordshire Age Friendly Creative Network | Oxfordshire) ARCHIVED 2024

This event was organised by Age UK Oxfordshire's Age Friendly Creative Network to celebrate the best of local age friendly creative projects delivered during the pandemic. Focusing on the Southbank Centre's Art by Post project which visited Banbury.

Dance 60+ Performance (City Lit | City of London) ARCHIVED 2023

A creative dance and performance class for people aged 60 +. The course will give you the chance to work with a professional choreographer / dance educator who has experience of working with older movers.

BBC Music Day (BBC/ Age of Creativity | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2023

BBC Music Day 2018/19 focussed on Dementia & Music and developed a number of flagship projects that are still available for people living with dementia and their carers. The Age of Creativity Team were key strategic partners throughout this project.

Digital Intergen Project - Learning and Evaluation Report (Royal Exchange Theatre | Greater Manchester) ARCHIVED 2023

The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester Elders programme celebrates creativity in later life through a range of different activities for older people, including our innovative Elders Company

Open contemporary dance classes, and performance company, for those aged 50 plus. No previous dance experience required. (50+ Contemporary Dance Sheffield and Third Bite Dance | South Yorkshire) ARCHIVED 2023

Thanks to funding from the National Lottery and to support from Enable US at the University of Sheffield, we are able to provide heavily subsidised open weekly contemporary dance classes, and run a performance company, Third Bite Dance.

A new initiative (Medley | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2023

Medley is a new initiative exploring music, art and nature's impact on wellbeing, initially through a website, blog and forum, and hopefully subsequently through community sessions. Issues facing older people will be a focus.

Create and Connect: Everyday Creativity Workshops Inspired by 575 Wandsworth Road (National Trust | Greater London) ARCHIVED 2023

Free creative workshops for Wandsworth residents (60+), inspired by the former home of Khadambi Asalache who transformed his modest terraced house into a work of art. Based at Battersea Arts Centre, Wednesdays in July and August (10-11:30am)

Memory Walks at Museum of Liverpool (House of Memories, National Museums Liverpool | Merseyside) ARCHIVED 2023

Memory walks are dementia-friendly guided visits in the Museum of Liverpool, which connect people through conversations about Liverpool’s past.

Food for Thought (Encore Theatre Company | Greater London) ARCHIVED 2023

We are performing 'Food for Thought', a devised production, at the Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, London, on July 28th and 29th.

Art by Post: Poems for Our Planet (Southbank Centre and National Academy for Social Prescribing | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2023

Southbank Centre's project Art by Post: Poems for Our Planet is a free creative arts project, delivered in partnership with the National Academy for Social Prescribing.

TAnDem Creative and Sensory Booklets (Association for Dementia Studies University of Worcester | England) ARCHIVED 2023

These booklets contain simple creative activities for people and families affected by dementia experiencing social isolation, especially those without access to digital technology. They are intended to be printed and distributed to people with dement ...

The Swan Song Project: A long term song writing project to celebrate lives, make memories and leave legacies (Swan Song Project | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2023

Free songwriting sessions are offered to people approaching the end of life or dealing with a bereavement to write an original song. Sessions are offered online or in person in Yorkshire.

A free two and a half day residency with Third Bite Dance, over 50's performance company, in Sheffield. (50+Contemporary Dance Sheffield | South Yorkshire) ARCHIVED 2023

29/03 - 31/03/23. Find out about our company, and we can see if you might be a fit. No dance or performing experience needed - just curiosity, enthusiasm & creativity! Email 50CDSheffield@gmail.com with "Residency" in subject line for more info.

Singing for Better Breathing (Sidney De Haan Research Centre | Worldwide) ARCHIVED 2023

This resource is designed to support those wishing to improve and maintain their health through singing. It may be used to complement membership of a singing for health group, or as a stand-alone resource

Pizza and Pitches Call Out (The Albany Deptford | England) ARCHIVED 2023

We’re offering £1000 to individuals, community groups, grassroots organisations, artists and companies. Anyone who has a creative idea that they’d like to make happen. Must in Lewisham or Southwark, where the Albany is based. Visit website fo ...

Spring Dance with Arts 4 Dementia and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance (Arts 4 Dementia | City of London) ARCHIVED 2023

FREE 8-week dance programme for people with early-stage dementia at Southwark Playhouse's Community Space & discover how to create your own contemporary dance choreography and become creative with ideas your body will respond to.

Dance and Dementia (Cheshire Dance | Cheshire) ARCHIVED 2023

At Cheshire Dance, we provide opportunities for individuals living with Dementia to live in the moment and to engage physically, socially and emotionally through movement and dance.

Dance and Disability (Cheshire Dance | Cheshire) ARCHIVED 2023

Cheshire Dance has an established and growing specialism in developing dance opportunities with and for people with learning disabilities.

Dance for Older Adults (Cheshire Dance | Cheshire) ARCHIVED 2023

At Cheshire Dance, we provide opportunities for older adults to live in the moment and to engage physically, socially and emotionally through movement and dance.

Creativity and Ageing by Graham Riach, University of Oxford (Oxfordshire/ Age UK Oxfordshire | Oxfordshire) ARCHIVED 2022

Graham Riach’s KE project aimed to reframe the discourse around ageing populations, by exploring the relationships between creativity and ageing. In collaboration with Age UK Oxfordshire, Graham ran three creative writing workshops with older peopl ...

Hidden Voice film free download (Music in MInd | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2022

The charity Music In Mind and comedy legend Paul Whitehouse come together to raise awareness and tell the human stories behind dementia in Hidden Voice.

Home Comforts (Newcastle City Council | Tyne and Wear) ARCHIVED 2022

A celebration and 'meet the artists' event, led by artist Sharon Bailey, to share artwork and experiences of working in three care homes across Newcastle

Art in an Envelope (ACEarts | Somerset) ARCHIVED 2022

Aimed at individuals living with dementia, their families and carers, Art in an Envelope is a scheme that supplies creative activity packs to households where people are living with dementia.

Cubitt's Community Studios Scheme (Cubitt Artists | City of London) ARCHIVED 2022

Cubitt Artists' community studios scheme develops creative relationships between residents and artists in care settings

When Two Generations Meet (The Right Step Dance Company | Kent) ARCHIVED 2022

An intergenerational project to bring children and older adults together to create and dance.

The Intergen31 Intergenerational - Theatre Project Reduces Implicit Negative Age Attitudes (Moving Memory Dance Theatre | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2022

Intergenerational contact has previously been shown to have important benefits to older and younger people's self-concept, and to reduce negative stereotypes of ageing. The aim of the Still Stomping: a project led by Moving Memory Dance Theatre and G ...

Countering ageism: Intergen31 Report (Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company | Kent) ARCHIVED 2022

New research finds that the work of Moving Memory counters age stereotypes - and that if we have more positive attitudes to ageing, we are more likely to feel better and be healthier.

Breathe in Sing out - singing for COPD (Mindsong | Gloucestershire) ARCHIVED 2021

Gloucestershire charity, Mindsong has been commissioned by NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver singing groups for people with COPD or persistent lung conditions.

BBC Music Memories - for people with dementia (BBC | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2021

BBC Music Memories is a website designed to use music to help people with dementia reconnect with their most powerful memories. Evidence shows that music can help people with dementia to feel and live better.

Launching the MARCH Network: Social, Cultural and Community Assets for Mental Health (UCL | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2021

In September 2018, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) announced 8 million of funding to bring researchers, charities and other organisations together to address important mental health research questions. One of the grants for 1.25m has been awarded ...

Dance videos for practioners (Akademi Dance | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2021

This library of educational videos is designed to serve as a toolbox to dance artists and activities co-ordinators when planning activities with older adults.

Your essential toolkit for hosting your own Silver Sunday event for older people (Age of Creativity | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2021

Silver Sunday has produced a really useful Toolkit for those wanting to plan an event. It's useful for anyone organising an arts event at any time.

Inappropriate Behaviour (QCA Griffith University | Worldwide) ARCHIVED 2021

Sonia York-Pryce presents a visual documentation celebrating the mature dancers corporeal difference highlighting their practice rather than their age defines them. 8 dancers 4 from Sydney and 4 from London interpret Sonia's dance motif creating an e ...

Make it Better CIC (Managing Director | Cornwall) ARCHIVED 2021

Make it Better CIC Supporting communities to live well through the Arts. We specialise in running arts based projects and activities for vulnerable people living in care and housing sectors. We design and deliver training to help teams use their cre ...

Created Out of Mind: A year as residents of the Hub at Wellcome Collection (Created Out of Mind | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2021

Created Out of Mind is a team aiming to explore, challenge and shape perceptions and understanding of dementias through science and the creative arts.

Our Day Out Music and Dance for older people (Creative Arts East | Norfolk) ARCHIVED 2021

Our Day Out is a programme of creative activities for older people. Creative Arts East hosts creative activities in Norfolk, aimed at giving people a chance to socialise and try new things in a safe and dementia friendly environment.

BBC & Welcome Collection- Created out of Mind (BBC & WELCOME COLLECTION | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2020

Created Out of Mind's work on music and dementia featured across a weekend of live performances and discussions produced by BBC Radio 3 in partnership with Wellcome Collection. It's great collection of programmes which you can listen thanks to the ...

Reflections on Living at Cosgrove Hall (Manchester International Festival | Greater Manchester) ARCHIVED 2020

Reflections on Living at Cosgrove Hall Court celebrated the lives, stories and creative interests of the village residents through poetry, song, performance and art.


We are both a campaign for everyday creativity in all its forms at the heart of every community and also an annual weekend of action. The Fun Palaces weekend every October sees professional arts, sciences and tech organisations come together with gr ...

Taking Theatre to Care Homes (Living the Drama | Oxfordshire) ARCHIVED 2020

Living the Drama is a not for profit theatre company, based in Oxford. We produce professional theatre, hold playwriting courses for older people, and now funded by Arts Council England, we have created an outreach project taking theatre to eight Res ...

Daringly Able (Salmagundi Films | England) ARCHIVED 2020

Daringly Able' is a documentary film about care home life, interspersed with stop frame animations created by staff and residents which celebrate their expertise and interests. The film illustrates how we express ourselves through our skills, and how ...

New, dementia-friendly House of Memories website (National Museums Liverpool | Merseyside) ARCHIVED 2020

National Museums Liverpool have launched a new, dementia-friendly, House of Memories website. House of Memories is National Museums Liverpool award-winning dementia awareness programme which offers training, access to resources, and museum-based ac ...

Beyond the Marigolds (Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company | Kent) ARCHIVED 2020

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. ...

Artists Residencies in Care Homes Programme Report (Magic Me | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2020

A report from Magic Me's programme of Artists Residencies in Care Homes, in partnership with care home provider Anchor and performing arts companies including Punchdrunk Enrichment and Upswing.

Connected Communities Festival: Dementia and Imagination (Dementia & Imagination | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2020

Connecting Communities and Developing Well-Being through Socially Engaged Visual Arts Practice

Celebrating Age through creativity (Arts Council, England | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2020

From immersive theatre through to a 1940s styled afternoon tea party, arts opportunities for older people received a boost today as we announced funding for 16 arts projects through our Celebrating Age programme.

Forgetting but not gone: dementia and the arts (The Guardian | Worldwide) ARCHIVED 2020

A fascinating project is harnessing the power of the arts to unlock creativity and communication

Dementia and Imagination (Dementia and Imagination | Worldwide) ARCHIVED 2020

The 31st January 2017 saw the Dementia and Imagination team share some of the main highlights of the research programme with 106 delegates in attendance. This action-packed day was filled with research findings, film, exhibitions of work and workshop ...

Significant AHRC grant for research into impact of arts and culture on health and wellbeing (Imperial College | Worldwide) ARCHIVED 2020

The 1m grant has been awarded to a project at the Centre for Performance Science, a cross-institutional partnership between the Royal College of Music (RCM) and Imperial College London, and will allow the team to explore the impact of the arts and c ...

3m to engage older people in the arts (ARTS PROFESSIONAL | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2020

16 cultural organisations have been awarded funding by Arts Council England to create work for and with people over 75 years old.

MEN'S SHEDS (Men's Sheds | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2020

A Men Shed is a larger version of the typical man shed in the garden- a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resou ...

My Front Door: ACE funded arts event for older people (C&C | City of London) ARCHIVED 2020

Short film about ACE funded arts project and 2 day event for C&C's older residents. C&C is a Registered Social Landlord based in London. This project, 'My Front Door' took inspiration from the life and history of C&C's founder Mrs Chesterton combined ...

Dance to Health - Falls Prevention Programme (Aesop, Arts and Society | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2020

This report is an evaluation of a pilot programme.

Marketing Creativity as a Step to Mental Wellbeing (Arts for Health | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2020

The aim of the project was to captures peoples imaginations through a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of creativity for mental wellbeing.

Sadler's Wells Elixir Festival (Sadlers Wells | Worldwide) ARCHIVED 2020

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.

Digital Doris helps to Overcome the Challenges Older People Face (Moving Memory Dance Theatre | Worldwide) ARCHIVED 2020

The Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company developed Digital Doris to overcome the challenges older people face during movement-based workshops held in residential care homes and day care centres. These included physical limitations, like short-term mem ...

Scottish Ballet: Dance for Parkinson's Scotland (Scottish Ballet | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2020

Scottish Ballet is spearheading a ground-breaking 18 month pilot Dance for Parkinsons Scotland programme, delivered in partnership with Dance Base.

Thursday Late at Manchester Museum (Manchester Museums | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2020

An evening organised by older people for older people. Watch the video here.

12 World-Class Museums You Can Visit Online (Age of Creativity | Worldwide) ARCHIVED 2020

Arts Therapists & practitioners take your clients on a journey through world museums many of which offer virtual and online tours of their collections...

Arts Council #culturematters (Arts Council | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2020

Research shows that arts and culture can help to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life for people ages 65 and above.

How Volunteering & Creativity Can Support Aging (Equal Arts | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2020

Equal Arts, a leading creative ageing charity providing arts and creative activities for older people and those living with dementia, have a film to share.

Moving Memory Dance Theatre (Moving Memory Dance Theatre | Worldwide) ARCHIVED 2020

Moving Memory Dance Theatre use movement, music, spoken word and digital projection as ways of revealing and presenting peoples stories. This video gives a voice to its older dancers, their enjoyment, frustrations and ultimately the camaraderie, cre ...

The Beat of the Butterflies' Wings (self-employed | Shropshire) ARCHIVED 2020

The project, devised by artist Jill Impey and funded by Arts Council England, connects 10-20 year olds and those over 65, to explore and share, thoughts and experiences of war and peace. Recordings of their responses form part of a live touring inter ...


The House of Memories is an innovative training programme that is making a real difference to health and social care staff and the people with dementia they care for.

Parkinson Dances (Age of Creativity | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2019

This 30 minute film **Parkinson Dances** is about contemporary dance in the treatment of Parkinson. It is filmed and edited by a team from the University of Bournemouth.

Power of Music in Health and Social Care (University of Nottingham | Nottinghamshire) ARCHIVED 2019

Following the success of its first Power of Music in Health and Social Care Conference in October 2018, the University of Nottingham is delighted to announce its second conference in November 2019.

ALIVE INSIDE - The Power of Music for Older People, FiIm & Q&A (Cumberland) ARCHIVED 2019

The film shows the importance of music for older people. It portrays a social worker, Dan Cohen, in his quest to give older people access to their favourite music. The film won the 2014 Sundance Documentary Audience Award.

Armchair Gallery ARCHIVED 2019

Care home residents participate in the Armchair Gallery project as part of the Imagine arts and older people's programme,increasing their access to digital arts.Care home residents have been taking part in the Armchair Gallery project as part of the ...

Suitcase Stories (Arts Uplift CIC | Worcestershire) ARCHIVED 2019

Reminiscence and music workshops for people living with dementia in Redditch, Kidderminster and Evesham using handling objects from Museums Worcestershire's collection from the 40's, 50's and 60's. Also sing along to familiar songs and listen to mus ...

Taking Turns (TURNING WORLDS | England) ARCHIVED 2019

The Taking Turns dance theatre project attracted men and women spanning the 50s to their 80s to weekly workshops to: feel invigorated, make new friends whilst building mobility, well being, and confidence in creative movement exercises to improve mo ...

Passionarte Courses (Passionarte | East Sussex) ARCHIVED 2019

New Passionarte courses to spark creativity & improve well-being. Think of it as a mini holiday from your inner critic, with friends...

A new play inspired by the lives of Winchester's 90-year-olds (Flintlock Theatre | Worldwide) ARCHIVED 2019

Some of Winchester oldest residents have shared their life stories to shape an unusual new theatre performance that explores what its like to be an older person in contemporary Britain.

The Centre for Ageing Better (The Centre for Ageing Better | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2019

The Centre for Ageing Better is an independent charitable foundation funded by an endowment from the Big Lottery Fund and part of the What Works network. We bring about change so that more people today and in the future benefit from their longer live ...

Welcome to London Creativity and Wellbeing Week + Creativity and Wellbeing Plus (for events outside of London) (London Creativity and Wellbeing | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2019

London Creativity and Wellbeing Week happened for the first time in 2012. The week has now become a crucial feature in the capital's cultural calendar.

Bealtaine Festival (Age & Opportunity | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2019

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.

Creative Befrienders Training Courses (Creative Befrienders | UK Wide) ARCHIVED 2019

Creative Befrienders was developed in response to the recognition by the Westminster Memory Service of a number of former artists who would benefit from tailored, expert support in their dementia. We now run the project across the three boroughs and ...

Many hands make light work: Lumiere London 2018 (Artichoke | Greater London) ARCHIVED 2019

From 18th-21st January 2018, Artichoke staged a second edition of light festival Lumiere London. We aimed to make the festival enjoyable for all ages, and to create an atmosphere that older people, who might not normally engage with such activity, co ...


Oxford Concert Party recently completed an intergeneration cross-arts project with the aim to engage in music, poetry and storytelling with two professional musicians and a poet/storyteller, inspired by objects in the Ashmoleum Museum

Manchester Camerata's 'Connections' Project (Cambridgeshire) ARCHIVED 2019

An European creative music and dance partnership with older people working with a composer and musicians to compose music on the theme of connections.

Arts and the Loneliness of the Long Lived (Berkshire) ARCHIVED 2019

Arts Council England recently published compelling findings about the positive effects of the arts on the happiness and well-being of older people- by David Cutler


DANCE WELL webinar took place on 25th May 2016. Fergus Early OBE from Green Candle Dance Company was interviewed by Paul Cann, Chief Executive of Age UK Oxfordshire about the joys and challenges of dancing with older people.

Anniversary (Durham) ARCHIVED 2019

'Anniversary' is a piece of contemporary theatre created by a group of older performers for audiences of all ages.

Artlink Investigate Create ARCHIVED 2019

This small publication shares and celebrates the work of a three year project led by Artlink that brought people with sight and hearing loss together with artists to develop innovative collaborative work that explored how their experiences can inform ...


BED, watch what happens when an older person is left in a bed in the middle of a busy thoroughfare

Coming of Age with The Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company (Cumberland) ARCHIVED 2019

Moving Memory Dance Theatre members talk about what the company means to them.

Digital Arts in Care ARCHIVED 2019

City Arts has been exploring digital arts with a number of different care homes in Nottingham over the last couple of years.

The Artist In Us (Buckinghamshire) ARCHIVED 2019

Our HenPower project cultivates creativity in care settings at a time in life when most people are slowing down, and not stepping into wellies or making masterpieces.

SMILE - A DanceMoves film (Bedfordshire) ARCHIVED 2019

An integrated movement group brings people together in dance, music and song moving away from the boundaries that living with Dementia can impose, restoring a sense of community, support and, of being important to one another.

Songs & Scones, Ryedale, North Yorkshire ARCHIVED 2019

The Ryedale Songs & Scones programme provides isolated older with a monthlyinformal performance by Live Music Now followed by a time to socialise over tea and cake.

Linger - an Artlink film ARCHIVED 2019

Linger is an example of verbal description and poetry creatively combined to provide access and new perspectives on a space. A documentary sharing Artlinks creative process and responses from visually impaired individuals is available here.

The January Challenge (64 Million Artists | England) ARCHIVED 2019

Kickstart your creativity in the New Year and beat the January blues. 31 days, 31 creative challenges. Be part of something amazing.

Dance Classes for people with Parkinson's and other mobility challenges. (Move into Wellbeing | England) ARCHIVED 2018

Move into Wellbeing is a charitable organisation which provides dance and exercise classes for adults living with Parkinson's and other mobility restrictions.

Why I walk - People with dementia and their carers tell their story ARCHIVED 2018

A unique project where people living with dementia and their carers created an animated film based on their experiences of being part of a weekly walking group

CW+ Care of Older People (Berkshire) ARCHIVED 2018

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital patients have been participating in various performing arts activities at the hospital, including Memory Lane and Memory Lane Training Programme

Reminiscence at the M&S Company Archive (Durham) ARCHIVED 2018

The M&S Company Archive in Leeds contains over 70,000 objects telling the story of M&S. It has have developed two reminiscence loan boxes, one themed around mens and womens clothing and accessories, the other around childhood, each containing origina ...

Digital Arts and Creative Ageing ARCHIVED 2018

A update on digital arts and creative ageing by Joe Randall using ten exciting new case studies of developing practice. The report shows that digital arts have a very important role to play in self-directed arts, scale, and personalised care.

Bus Ride (The Performance Ensemble | England) ARCHIVED 2018

Performance | Stories | Music | Dance | Life. We invited 50 older people to accompany us on a bus ride. We had conversations, listened to their stories, got to know them a bit and shared a nice cup of tea. From their stories we created a theatre per ...

Play about dementia June/July 2018 (Human Story Theatre | Oxfordshire) ARCHIVED 2018

Connie's Colander by Gaye Poole. Sensitively, with humour and tenderness, this newly written play traces the evolving relationship throughout their lives, and the impact of Connie's Alzheimers Running time 50 mins. Followed by a 20 minute post-show ...

Silver Dancers Film (Derbyshire) ARCHIVED 2018

Dance in Devon began a project giving older people in residential care access to a quality arts experience as participants and audiences. This film tells of one person's experience of the programme.

Arts and Older People Programme, Strut and Stroll Showcase Event (Cheshire) ARCHIVED 2018

Play Resource Warehouse's aim was to produce and show case memories from the fifties working with 3 artists and older people. This film shows their journey.

Uplift! Pilot Project - evaluation report 2013 ARCHIVED 2018

Read the evaluation of Green Candle Dance Company pilot Uplift! a dance and live music project.

8 Minutes Alexander Whitley Dance Company (DanceEast | Suffolk) ARCHIVED 2017

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 scienc ...

Mementos exhibition of memory quilts (Borough of Poole Arts Service | Dorset) ARCHIVED 2017

Mementos: An exhibition of memory quilts created by people living with dementia and their close family members / carers.

Green Candle Dance Company - Moving into Maturity Workshop (Green Candle Dance Company | Greater London) ARCHIVED 2017

Green Candle Dance Company delivers programmes for those interested in leading dance for older people and dance for dementia.