Arts in Care was launched in 2019. It aims to develop the skills of professional artists who want to work in older people’s social care, and to support care homes to host creative activities.
Eighteen artists from across Scotland took part in a training programme in autumn 2019, led by Newcastle-based creative ageing specialists Equal Arts.
The training explored different approaches to working creatively with older people, and had a strong focus on multi-sensory activities with people living with dementia.
It included creative activities, theory-based discussion, and opportunities for reflection. Valuable contributions were provided by the Care Inspectorate, a care home manager and an NHS psychiatrist.
As we moved into 2020, the second part of the programme was in development. Ten artists were preparing to collaborate with 30 care homes for older people across Scotland. The programme was paused in March 2020 just as this work was about to start, and it will resume as soon it is possible.
The programme was developed in collaboration with Creative Scotland and the Care Inspectorate, and is supported by Creative Scotland and the Baring Foundation.