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City of Edinburgh Methodist Church

25 Nicolson Square



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A workshop event for care professionals and artists working with older people in care

Care and Create will bring care professionals, artists and cultural organisations together to create a shared understanding of good practice and explore opportunities to work together.

This event will include presentations of inspring arts projects for older people experiencing care, facilitated discussion sessions and a networking lunch. It will enable artists, cultural organisations and care professionals to explore the opportunities and challenges of delivering creative projects in the care community, broaden their understanding of good practice and discuss ways of connecting and working together.

Attendees will:

  • gain a better understanding of the arts world and the roles artists might play in care services

  • gain a better understanding of good practice in care provision and the opportunities and challenges faced by the sector

  • broaden your view of how professional artists can creatively collaborate with the care community and create successful projects

Presented by ArtWorks Scotland, Creative Scotland, the Care Inspectorate and Luminate

Workshop will be facilitated by Kate Organ.

Lunch included. Teas/coffees available from 10:30am.

Speakers will include:

  • Paula Brown, Arora, Scotland

  • Anne Gallacher, Luminate

  • Noortje Kessels and Maaike Mul, Wintertuin, Netherlands

  • Natalie McFadyen-White, Impact Arts, Scotland

  • Donna MacLeod, Director of Care, Viewpoint Housing Association

  • Reg Noyes, cARTrefu, Wales

  • Carol Donaldson, Manager, Abbeyfield Viewlands House


Noortje Kessels and Maaike Mul, Wintertuin, Netherlands

Wintertuin organises 150 literary events and 3 literary festivals per year, provides guidance and support for young and emerging authors and delivers literary workshops and community projects.

Noortje Kessels, Project Leader, and Maaike Mul, Care Home Art and Culture Coordinator, will discuss Wintertuin’s nationwide programme for older people, including literary festivals, reading groups, writing projects and Writer in Residence programmes in retirement homes in the Netherlands.

Reg Noyes, cARTrefu, Wales

cARTrefu, which means ‘to reside’ in Welsh, is an Age Cymru programme to improve access to quality arts experiences for older people in residential care. Between 2015 and 2017, cARTrefu consisted of 16 artists completing residencies in care homes in four art forms: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Words and Music. Each art form was mentored by an Artist Mentor who supported their mentees through their own artistic development, as well as through professional development in terms of facilitating workshops with older people in a residential care home setting.

Reg Noyes, cARTrefu Coordinator, will share his experiences of the project, which is now moving into the second phase of its development, with a brand-new team of artists, focusing on creating bold, striking and innovative art work in care homes.

Paula Brown, Arora, Scotland

Arora is a project initiated by An Lanntair, founded on the core values of community care, creative spirit and shared culture. The project engages with people who are living with dementia and those in their circle of care, as well as reaching out to the wider Western Isles community. The project proactively promotes the Gaelic language and explores the role bilingualism has in relation to dementia. Paula Brown, Project Coordinator, will provide insights into various creative activties and events delivered as part of this initiative.

Natalie McFadyen-White, Impact Arts and Donna MacLeod, Viewpoint Housing Association, Scotland

Impact Arts run Craft Café, a programme that offers safe, social and creative environment where older people can learn new skills, renew social networks, and reconnect with their communities. The activities, self-directed by participants, harness the joy of creativity, artistic expression and learning.

Natalie McFadyen-White, Programme Manager, Impact Arts, and Donna MacLeod, Director of Care, Viewpoint Housing Association will explore their collaboration of care home set Craft Cafes in Edinburgh.

Additional information

This event is aimed at professionals working in the care and arts sectors, and we’ve allocated half the places to the care sector and half to the arts sector.

Please note that spaces are limited so bookings are restricted to 1 place per organisation.


What are my transport options for getting to and from the event?

Buses for Nicolson Square: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 33, 37, 47, 48, 49

First Bus: 86

There is limited paid on-street parking available nearby.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any additional questions or comments please contact Care and Create by emailing to

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