Creativity for Carers

Creative art sessions for staff working in older people’s social care services

If you work in older people’s social care – whether care homes, day centres or care at home – we invite you to take some time for yourself and sign up for Luminate’s new, free creative programme.

Five projects will run from October, offering a chance to explore your creative side.  Led by professional artists, there is no need for participants to have any previous experience.  The programme is designed to be an enjoyable, creative experience and is open to all.  There is no charge to take part, and financial support is available for people who join the project, or for their employer if they attend in work time – see below for details of this.

Location and duration

The 5 projects are located in different parts of the country: Edinburgh, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, Dundee and Stornoway.  There are 6 sessions in each project, and the dates, times and activities are listed below; some are daytime sessions and others take place in the evenings.  Participants should be able to attend all 6 sessions in the project they are applying for.

Supporting staff to take part

We want staff to be able to attend the sessions without affecting their work commitments or those of their colleagues.

Where sessions take place during a staff member’s working hours, Luminate will provide their employing care service with a contribution of £15 per hour to help pay for staff cover.  Alternatively, if staff join the sessions in their own time, we will pay the individual a bursary of £15 per hour to support your time on the project.  Participants will also have travel expenses reimbursed.

The projects are supported by Creative Scotland’s Covid Recovery Fund and are run in partnership with Scottish Care. The aim is to offer some joyful activities to staff in older people’s social care, boosting participants’ wellbeing as we recover from the pandemic.

Staff members who apply to take part will need to confirm that they have the agreement of their employing care service.

Projects and locations
Glasgow – Project Ability – NOW FULLY BOOKED
6 week project starting 15th October, 12.30 – 2.30pm.
Creating mural art with painting and collage.
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North Lanarkshire – The NCT Centre
6 week project starting 17th October, 12.00 – 2.00pm
Putting pen to paper to try creative writing, storytelling and spoken word techniques.
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Edinburgh – Edinburgh Printmakers
6 week project starting 19th October, 13.00 – 15.00
Creating art inspired by nature and foraging in the outdoors.
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Dundee – DCA & Dundee Botanical Gardens
6 week project starting 21st October, 15.00 – 17.00
Discover monoprinting, collage and book making.
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Stornoway – An Lanntair
6 week project starting 17th October, 16.00 – 18.00 every Monday
Explore a range of art techniques to create an art installation with the option to explore audio and film.
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Refreshments will be provided at each session.

Each project is limited to 8 participants and a maximum of 4 of these participants can sign up from one organisation.

Sign up will close at midday on Thursday 13th October.

If you have any further questions about this project then please don’t hesitate to contact Luminate’s Programme Manager Lottie Brook on or telephone 0131 668 8066.

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