We Danced (c) Charlotte Armitage

Developing work in care homes

by aprilskipp on February 28, 2017

Yorkshire Dance has a commitment to developing training opportunities for artists. For just over a year now, we have been working with care homes in Sheffield and Leeds as part of the We Danced project and Young At Arts and understand how important it is for the artists delivering these projects to receive training in person centred care and dementia friends, to explore how this can relate back to the delivery of an artistic project.

Over 15 artists and care home staff came together for a training day with Dr Richard Coaten (Creative Minds) and Nicky Taylor (West Yorkshire Playhouse) with a follow up artists exchange day due to take place in May 2017.

The dementia training day was both insightful and engaging on various levels. As an artist I valued meeting and engaging in conversations with health care professionals who work with elderly people in care home homes. The importance of both carers and artists coming together for specific training days such as this, broadened awareness of dementia and the different approaches that can be utilised in the delivery of creative sessions, providing a united understanding of the work we are aiming to achieve as artists.” Tara Baker

“Having the chance to get together with other like-minded artists, to share experiences, explore new possibilities and to celebrate the benefits of delivering arts / dance projects within a care home environment, is such a wonderful opportunity and fundamental to ensuring best practice with a person-centred approach, and a continually evolving artistic / creative offer to the homes. There are always new ideas and something to learn from each other, and an incredible wealth and depth of experience to draw from. It is such a treat to have the chance to collaborate with other artists in this way!” Charlotte Armitage

Both We Danced and Young at Arts projects continue to focus on care home delivery in the next six months exploring different ways of engaging residents and staff in movement, music and dance. The Young at Arts Project looks forward to welcoming Luca Silvistrini’s Protein in July 2017 to deliver in two Leeds-based care homes.

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