Concerned that arts projects need to be sustainable, The Courtyard is developing toolkits to "support continued delivery in care homes, and also the option of care homes" as well as looking at other methods towards sustaining arts projects for people who are older and/or living with dementia.
The Courtyard has been awarded funding to run their ‘Creative Ageing’ programme for a 3-year period, ending in August 2019, which comprises a wide range of activities. The Courtyard have commissioned the Association for Dementia Studies to carry out an evaluation of this programme over two years.
The evaluation will seek to capture the success of this project in addressing the following three outcomes as stated in the Creative Ageing project proposal:
- Improve wellbeing for older people and their carers through participation in high quality creative experiences
- Cultivate opportunities for older people to maintain wider social networks and reduce social isolation through participatory arts projects
- Develop specialist skills in the local community to provide varied and sustainable age-appropriate activities in older people’s settings.
For more information about this project please contact Dr Claire Garabedian.