Creative Care Expo - cultural arts and activities for people across Kent
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Creative Care Expo - cultural arts and activities for people across Kent

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  • Creative Care Expo

Cultural Arts and Activities for Communities across Kent

Learn how Arts and Culture organisations are improving the lives of older people in Kent


Sessions House Maidstone

January 26th 2017 10-4pm


Join us for: Presentations, Taster Sessions & Exhibitions


Presentations are:

10:15 Fay Blair

  • Fay Blair, LAPWING Project Manager & Evaluator together with LAPWING project trainer/facilitator, mentor & photo journalist, Gerry Atkinson, will offer an image-led overview of the project. This will feature the innovative artists’ LAPWING training run April-August 2016 at AgeUK Canterbury and will also include observations on the practical arts residency sessions led by the 8 LAPWING-trained artists undertaken around Kent from May-November. Some of the fabulous work produced with and by the people will be illustrated along with headline feedback on the impact and outcomes of the project

10:45 Maidstone Museum - CAFÉ CULTURE by Roz Meredith (Learning Officer)

  • Roz will give an over view of our over 65s club which anyone can join for free. The Café Culture team meet in the museum’s café to explore and handle items from the museum over a cup of tea or coffee. The club was designed to help people living on their own to get out and meet new people and Roz will share some of the groups’ successes.

11:15 Nina Musical walkabout

  • Learn about the Musical Walkabout project in an interactive presentation by founder and music practitioner Nina Clark. The wellbeing music can bring to older people experiencing social isolation is well documented, and the Musical Walkabout is committed to the belief that these benefits should be available to everybody. Come and join the conversation and explore the ways the Musical Walkabout can offer creative solutions to the difficulties facing the older generation through music, communication, reminiscence and involvement.

11:45 Ken Scott - Chair of the Maidstone Area Arts Partnership- Singing for the Health and Wellbeing

  • An Exploration of the facts behind singing

12:15 Able Label fashion show

  • There is a new innovative clothing company addressing such challenges – The Able Label. Founder Katie Ellis, previously a fashion buyer for popular high street retailer White Stuff, was inspired to create the collection having seen first-hand the difficulties her grandmother with Parkinson’s faced.The ‘desirable and dress-able’ clothes use quality fabrics, discreet adaptive designs, innovative fastenings and colour-coordinated internals to make dressing quicker, easier and safer. Yet when they’re worn, no one would ever know they were adapted… it’s our secret!

13:45 The Right Step

  • We are a team of dance artists working across Kent to increase dance participation. We offer regular and one off dance sessions in many different styles including Active Armchairs (our programme of seated dance and facilitator training) and Educating Dance (dance taught with a cross-curricular approach).

14:15 BrightShadow

  • our founder Katy Hirst will explain how following the success of using Zest workshops in care settings, we have taken them into the community for people living independently to enjoy. She will also discuss how we have used Zest with arts and culture venues to enable participation, engagement and enjoyment from people with dementia, helping venues to increase access and make the most of their cultural offer.

14:45 Living Words

  • is a pioneering arts and literature charity working with people experiencing dementia since 2007. We run bespoke projects in care homes, usually over 3 months. Our trained writers-in-residence employ a person-centered approach which enables individuals to feel heard and understood, even when communication seems lost. We work one-to-one with people living with dementia, as well as with care staff and relatives.‘Every home needs to have a Living Words residency.’ Isobel Nyirenda, manager at Meadows House, Kidbrooke. In response to the work that comes from these residencies Living Words create anthologies, events and performances to challenge assumptions and tackle stigma around dementia.www.livingwords.org.uk

15:15 Rochester Literature Festival

  • The LitFest will talk about their Memory Box project, a combination of oral history recordings and crafts sessions, which has brought together groups of older people to combat social isolation and re-awaken their creative tendencies.


Taster sessions 30 min (places are limited so please do indicate when you book your ticket which sessions you would be interested in attending)

10:00 The Right Step dance company Active Armchairs Taster Session

  • Active Armchairs is The Right Step Dance Company’s programme of seated dance and facilitator training. The aim is to enjoy yourself. Even the smallest movement counts! Sessions have 6 main aspects; movement, music, singing, games, conversation and choice. Smiles are the main outcome, the exercise happens almost accidentally. The Active Armchairs Taster Session will include some of our favourite warm ups and dances. Please join us and, once there, you can move how your body feels like moving today and participate in your own way. A fantastic start to the day!

10:30 Moving Well - With The Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company

  • Facilitated by members of The Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company, we run sessions for adults 50+ who would like to loosen up and have a laugh. This workshop give a taster of these sessions, and will last 30 mins. There is no need for any experience, just a desire to try something different and let go. Please wear clothes you feel comfortable to move in, and bring a bottle of water.

11:00 Chris Reed, Jo Eden, Julie Bradshaw

  • Chris Reed (performer and artistic director of Big Fish Arts), Jo Eden (mixed-media artist, poet, singer-songwriter) and Julie Bradshaw (who creates installations, sculpts, makes films and paints) will demonstrate some of their earlier working with elderly residents some of whom have dementia, at Barton Court Care Home on Sheppey. Starting with accordion-accompanied communal singing which is fun and binds the group, they will demonstrate one of their most effective memory generation and sharing activities i.e. making memory mats. The mats are made using participant’s own photographs creating a sense of ownership and a start-off point for them to tell their stories.

11:30 Rochester Literature Festival Reminiscence

  • The RLF is delighted to run a reminiscence taster session, involving random articles that may evoke all kinds of memories and stories from the participants. The idea is not to overthink it, just pick up any item that resonates and then share your story with the group. You'll be amazed how suddenly memories come flooding back! The RLF runs a Memory Box project, consisting of oral history recordings during craft sessions and we look forward to expanding this further.

12:00 Espression Arts

  • encourages participation in a range of ceramic and clay workshops to encourage use of imagination, observation, drawing and painting skills as well as a sensory interaction with clay supporting the fine motor interaction with raw materials. A range of tools and techniques can be used to involve everyone with a range of ability. Results in her workshops have led to residents’ murals, mug and plate designs for everyday use and other decorative items to brighten environments. Individuals experience fun, pride, ownership and empowerment (through decision making in their environment) as a result of these activities. As a LAPWING project artist, Catherine led sessions at Barton Court Care Home and has also facilitated sessions at AgeUK Canterbury day centre.

12:30 BrightShadow

  • Come to our Zest taster session and escape the winter as we use music, movement, story making and the senses to transport you to a desert island. Feelings of blissful escape guaranteed!

13:00 Rochester LiteratureFestival Sharing Memories

  • The RLF is delighted to run a reminiscence taster session, involving random articles that may evoke all kinds of memories and stories from the participants. The idea is not to overthink it, just pick up any item that resonates and then share your story with the group. You'll be amazed how suddenly memories come flooding back! The RLF runs a Memory Box project, consisting of oral history recordings during craft sessions and we look forward to expanding this further.

13:30 KCC Adult Education 1 Pilates

  • This Seated Pilates session will offer a variety of chair-based exercises. These will focus on how to improve posture, core strength and flexibility.Using the breath to calm and energise the body, exercises will be performed for the upper body, the core, the spine and finally the legs and ankles. Gentle twists and stretches will be incorporated. Resistance bands and/or small balls may be used to improve upper body strength and hand/eye co-ordination.Those taking part will be guided by the Tutor through all the exercises and will be encouraged to then perform them independently – promoting focus, concentration and memory skills.

14:00 KCC Adult Education 2 Flower arranging

  • Learn to make a beautiful buttonhole suitable for special occasions. Students will learn to wire a flower, add foliage and wrap with florists’ tape. Learn some tips and tricks of the trade that will give your buttonhole the wow factor! Those taking part will be guided by the Tutor through all the different stages and will be encouraged to perform them independently – promoting focus, concentration and self-satisfaction.

14:30 EDNA’s workshop – ‘Dance Around My World’

  • Enjoy a fun and friendly dance, movement to music workshop. It will begin in as seated circle with deep breathing moving into more vigorous movements. The main focus aims to help improve mobility, coordination and general health and wellbeing. With a person-centred focus, participant led movement will be encouraged allowing spontaneous dance and movement to occur with the use of props, such as peacock feathers, material and instruments. Participants can choose to remain seated or stand allowing exploration of their own physicality throughout the workshop.

15:00 Maidstone Museum

15:30 Libraries taster session

  • Find out what libraries have to offer those with dementia and their carers. The session will focus on the therapeutic effects of reading aloud and of sharing specially created illustrated books together. We will sample the “A little, aloud” books, which contain a themed selection of short prose passages and poems, designed to be read to others. Being read to stimulates thought and memory, encouraging the sharing of ideas and feelings.We will also look at “Pictures to share” titles, designed to be understood and enjoyed by people with dementia. These provide opportunities for storytelling and linking to familiar themes.

Exhibitions so far:

Living words ,Libraries Registration and Achieves, Musical Walkabout, Rochester literary festival, Nucleus Arts, EDNA, Able Label, Bright Shadow, KCC Adult Education, Ladder to the Moon, Sumita Chauhan, Fay Blair ,The Right Step, Maidstone Museum, Smell and Connect / reminiscent, Alzheimers society, Cabinet of curiosities

  • Maidstone Museum will transport you back to the age of dinosaurs, ancient Egypt or Anglo-Saxon Britain. A friendly welcome, changing displays and a great cup of tea are all on offer.Café Culture, our monthly drop-in sessions in the museum cafe for those aged over 65 provide a great opportunity to learn meet new people and handle items from the collection.FREE ENTRY Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, St. Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH 01622 602838 www.maidstonemuseum.org

  • The Musical Walkabout is a fun, person-centred project actively engaging elderly Residents in care homes, a 1-2-1 minstrel service using live music and song. Founded by music practitioner Nina Clark in 2014, The Musical Walkabout promotes social inclusion, being particularly beneficial to Residents not able to participate in group activities. Nina encourages collaborative song choice, empowering each Resident, with requests for future visits creating anticipation and involvement. A successful Arts Council bid has allowed the project to expand in 2016, and securing further funding will ensure the wellbeing brought to new Residents through music can be continued.Nina Clark ninaclarkmusic@yahoo.com 07977 924 124 www.musicalwalkabout.com

  • The Able Label Arthritis, dementia or general impacts of ageing can all make dressing a challenge. Lifting your arms above your shoulders to get clothes over your head, bending down to pull trousers or skirts up and fiddly fastenings can be particularly difficult. There is a new innovative clothing company addressing such challenges – The Able Label. Founder Katie Ellis, previously a fashion buyer for popular high street retailer White Stuff, was inspired to create the collection having seen first-hand the difficulties her grandmother with Parkinson’s faced.The ‘desirable and dress-able’ clothes use quality fabrics, discreet adaptive designs, innovative fastenings and colour-coordinated internals to make dressing quicker, easier and safer. Yet when they’re worn, no one would ever know they were adapted… it’s our secret!To find out more visit The Able Label website or request a catalogue by contacting: Website: www.theablelabel.com Email: cservices@theablelabel.com Call: 01622 828994 Facebook: TheAbleLabel Twitter: @theablelabel


  • Ladder-to-the-Moon’s programmes are designed to develop staff to work in creative and innovative ways, supporting connection between everyone living, working and visiting a home or supporting people in the community. We coach staff to look for and recognise contribution from those they provide care and support to, delivering consistent wellbeing every day. Experts in working with people who have Dementia and isolated individuals; we engage staff in a way of working that promotes this no matter how small or infrequent the contact/connection is. Our work has been recognised by CQC, we are one of 16 organisations listed on CQC’s PIR.


  • Bright Shadow Bright Shadow’s mission is to enable people living with dementia and those affected by it to live well and to thrive through creative and meaningful activities. Our Zest workshops bring life, energy and fun to individuals and environments. These award winning participatory activity sessions for people with dementia are mood-boosting, invigorating and enhance relationships. As well as providing training for cultural venues and faith organisations, our NAPA recognised training improves equips care professionals to deliver activities that promote wellbeing for everybody. Our Bright Boxes activity resources kits have everything you need to deliver creative group and one to one activities.Contact: info@brightshadow.org.uk www.brightshadow.org.uk 0300 102 8855 @brightshadow_uk


  • The Rochester Literature Festival is a voluntary, community and non-profit making organisation run by writers for readers, writers and like minds. We wish to bring writers, performers, musicians, directors, producers and film makers together, anyone, in fact, whose work has creative writing at its heart. We want to expand the horizons of the many diverse communities in Medway, and collaborate with like minded folk to do that. Our aim is to prove that literature is for everyone and can bring a community together, to learn from each other and experience great multi-arts activities together to aid community spirit and wellbeing. Contact Jaye on 07904 643770 or email rochesterlitfest@gmail.com


  • Sumita Chauhan is an artist who creates sculptures using traditional and digital techniques and have exhibited internationally. She is also a PhD student at School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent, Canterbury. As an artist and a researcher, Sumita is investigating possible ways in which the creative potential of people with dementia can be explored through meaningful artistic engagement of making sculpture. She works along with participants in different stages of dementia giving importance to their artistic conception and expressions. Her works reflect the emotional impact as well as the dynamic nature of the interactions in her sessions.Contact details Sumita Chauhan, Intelligent Interactions Research Group, School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent, Kent CT2 7NT Email: sc658@kent.ac.uk

  • "Smell & Connect is a ReminiScent innovation that takes the art of conversation into a new dimension. Using the sensation of smell to prompt a reaction, the cards provide an easy, fun way for people to engage in a shared activity. Facial expression is a powerful conveyor of emotion - so opinion can be shared, without the need for words, making Smell & Connect suitable for use across a wide range of conditions and stages of dementia.Linda Harman, Director linda@reminiscent.org.uk 07802776779


  • Kent Libraries The purpose of Kent County Council Libraries, Registration and Archives is to deliver Library, Registration and Archive services that support local people and businesses throughout their lives. Our services are open to everyone, but also targeted to help those who most need our offer. Through these services people can improve their literacy and foster a lifelong love of reading; are supported in finding information, developing the skills to use online channels and becoming more active citizens; register key points in their lives and the lives of their families; and come together to form strong community ties. Lindsay Prestage | Business Development Officer | Libraries, Registration & Archives | Kent County Council | Kent History and Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ | Internal: 412271 | External: 03000 412271 | Mobile: 07841 315663

  • THE LAPWING PROJECT This ‘arts for dementia and community mental health wellbeing’ project is a year-long (from March 2016) partnership led by AgeUK Canterbury, funded by Arts Council England with Canterbury City Council, NHS Canterbury & Coastal CCG, KCC and other local sponsors. The focus has been to promote more dementia-friendly and mental-health alert communities through building the confidence, capability and capacity of 30 of Kent's professional artists, supported by Kent Creative Arts CIC. The aim is to help improve the wellbeing of Kent’s (vulnerable) older people. An array of artworks was created by participants during the Live Art Practice residencies of 8 of these professional LAPWING trained artists, 4 of whom worked at Barton Court Care Home (Isle of Sheppey) ‘LAPWING Sheppey’. Other older people groups were involved at day centres at AgeUK Canterbury and Faversham and at Cranmer House Sheltered Housing Scheme in Canterbury. Simon Langton Girls' Grammar students devised a self-guided tree trail for Canterbury’s Westgate Parks, designed specifically with older people in mind. They also facilitated creative work with older people and the artists at AgeUK Canterbury and at Cranmer House.Contact: Fay Blair, LAPWING Project Manager, Arts & Wellbeing, AgeUK Canterbury fayblair@hotmail.com Mobile: 07786 307 664 LAPWING Project information: http://kentcreativearts.co.uk/the-arts-and-wellbeing/lapwing/

  • Living Words is a pioneering arts and literature charity working with people experiencing dementia since 2007. We run bespoke projects in care homes, usually over 3 months. Our trained writers-in-residence employ a person-centered approach which enables individuals to feel heard and understood, even when communication seems lost. We work one-to-one with people living with dementia, as well as with care staff and relatives.‘Every home needs to have a Living Words residency.’ Isobel Nyirenda, manager at Meadows House, Kidbrooke. In response to the work that comes from these residencies Living Words create anthologies, events and performances to challenge assumptions and tackle stigma around dementia. www.livingwords.org.uk

  • The Right Step Dance Company provides dance opportunities for people At Any Age, For Any Ability. We are a team of dance artists working across Kent to increase dance participation. We offer regular and one off dance sessions in many different styles including Active Armchairs (our programme of seated dance and facilitator training) and Educating Dance (dance taught with a cross-curricular approach). Please contact Rebecca Ashton for more information 07850 644 633 rebecca.ashton@therightstepdc.co.uk www.therightstepdc.co.uk

  • Moving Memory Dance Theatre Company create high quality performance opportunities for older people. Working as co-authors, we celebrate the vitality of participants, challenging views of being an ‘old’ woman, providing a performance platform for those voices to be heard via movement, music and digital projection. We consider the funny side of things, the stuff of life, and all that moves us, producing work that is daring, comic, and moving. While the use of humour draws people in, the work often has a twist which challenges audiences to re-examine their pre-conceptions and assumptions. If you would like more information about the sessions, please do email us at: infomovingmemory@gmail.com

  • edna – energise dance nourish art Ltd was formed in 2015 following successful pilot research projects delivered between 2013-15. The company delivers bespoke high quality dance, movement to music which is inclusive and person-centred in its approach. Activities are tailored to individual needs and where possible other art forms are introduced. For more information please contact Luci Napleton, Director and Dance Facilitator, luci@ednasjourney.co.uk, 07748008431, www.ednasjourney.co.uk, @ednasjourney

  • Alzheimer's Society - Alzheimer’s Society Activity Group meet weekly at Dairy Court, Maidstone, for people living with dementia to socialise and pursue their artistic and creative interests. As activities are person centred people can learn new skills or continue existing hobbies and interests. With lots of laughter and mutual support the group offers a friendly and relaxed environment.


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