Services

If you and your loved ones require day-to-day support and would like to take a break, we can help. Our programme of ACTIVITIES includes a wide range of arts, sport, heritage and cultural activities, as well as events and places of interest to visit. This could include a historical walk, a trip to a local museum, participating in a pottery making class, playing an instrument, taking part in an exercise session, visiting the theatre or even watching a band.

Our qualified and experienced professionals are trained in the Principles of Dementia Care and have an interest in the arts, like you. We understand how tough it can be to leave your loved one in the care of someone else. We’re not like other ‘carers’. We’re just like you, honest, trustworthy and compassionate with an interest in the arts, so we can share our passion and enthusiasm to help you and your loved one have the most enjoyable experience possible.

We understand that everyone has different needs, wishes and experiences. This is why we provide a personalised approach. We will get to know you and your loved ones personally, your likes, dislikes, interests and even your personality.

As well as improving both of your health and wellbeing, our service will help to increase their confidence, help them to stay independent for longer and enjoy quality time socialising with other people who are affected by dementia. We will provide you with the complete peace of mind that they are safe, happy and creating memories to share with you when they return home. 

On-going Activities

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SILL

Through these sessions, participants will learn how to take photographs through a focus on people and objects, the associations and relationships between them, and the significances that are personal to everyone as individuals. Simple or commonplace objects can spark all sorts of different thoughts and connections.

 

Which little things or big views matter to you? What makes something important to you in a way that makes you want to capture it in a photograph? From simple shapes and colours to portraits of people and views of objects, Alan’s sessions will give you a chance to explore what is important to you and learn how to frame it in a photograph, taking into consideration angles, points of view, shadow and lighting, form and pattern, drawing on the principles of art and design. 

 

Session times 

Monday, 1:30 -2:30 pm 

Monday, 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Book you VIRTUAL PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION with Alan Sill here.

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MIXED MEDIA ART BY CLAIRE FORD

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DANCE SESSIONS BY DANCE CITY

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Art can take us to places unimaginable and can help communication, connection and empowerment. In her sessions, Claire will use a variety of different art mediums from fine art to textiles, poetry and music, responding, reacting and improvising to the group she is working with making for an exciting and dynamic creative experience for all. The sessions will be a great chance to use your imagination and all five senses in a variety of art mediums in the safe space of a supportive group. There will be no pressure of creating a final outcome; instead sessions will be about the enjoyment of being in the moment and the process of creativity. It will be time to play, have fun and explore all sorts of new things. 

 

Session times: 

Thursdays, 1:30 -2:30 pm 

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Book your VIRTUAL MIXED MEDIA ART SESSION with Claire Ford here.

Building a range of transferable skills using taught sequences and creative tasks these sessions aim to increase confidence in dance for the participants to improve health and wellbeing. Led by professional dancers from Dance City, together the group will explore the amazing possibilities and benefits that dance has to offer while improving physical, mental and social wellbeing, strengthening motor functions and co-ordination, as well as mobility and balance. Above all it gives people a sense of freedom – a true creative outlet that will make you smile! 

 

Session times:

Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 am 

Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm 

 

Book you VIRTUAL DANCE SESSION with Helen Kumar & Lissie Connor here.

CREATIVE WRITING BY KATHARINE GODA

Join Katharine in a series of fun, inclusive and inspiring creative writing sessions to explore, record and share what matters to you. 

You don’t need to be an expert or have any special equipment. In the session, the group will meet together to play with words and images, objects and sayings, colours, shapes and lists, letters, blackout and found poetry and our own ideas.  

You are warmly invited to come along, experience new skills, build connections, top up your wellbeing and celebrate yourself and your experiences. 

 

Session times:

Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am 

Tuesdays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 
 

Book you VIRTUAL CREATIVE WRITING SESSION by Katharine Goda here.

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CREATIVE STORYTELLING BY LIV HUNT

Liv’s practice is centred around telling, sharing and imagining stories and to do that she uses different mediums such as drama, music, puppetry and sensory theatre.  

What you can be sure to expect from her sessions is lots and lots of games, conversations and sensory-storytelling exercises. In the initial workshops you will spend time getting to know one another and experimenting with some simple story-telling games. Liv will then guide the group through group story-telling exercises using prompts such as music, images or sensory items to stimulate conversations and story. After the group is familiar with creating story, Liv will use performative methods such as drama and puppetry to bring the stories to life which will mark the end of the sessions. 

 

Session times:

Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am 

Thursdays, 11:30 - 12:30 pm 

Book you VIRTUAL CREATIVE STORYTELLING SESSION by Liv Hunt here.

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PUPPETRY BUILDING BY POPPY CRAWSHAW

In her sessions, Poppy is really looking forward to finding out about the interests of those taking part and is open to shaping the workshops around the participant's ideas. 

 

The course will start with getting to know each other better and hopefully lots of laughter. Poppy will then lead some creative storytelling workshops which will give opportunity to exercise your imaginations as a group, enjoying the excitement and creativity of making it all up on the spot! Once you’ve got some characters, the group will look at developing the world that they live in then eventually weaving together a plot. Poppy will also run puppetry building workshops, which might appeal to anyone who enjoys crafting and making with their hands. Worry not if you aren’t a crafter, these workshops require no fancy materials or existing skill, the group will be using found objects and household materials like kitchen foil and old newspapers to create the puppets. 

 

Session times:

Fridays, 10:00 - 11:00 am 

Fridays, 11:30 - 12:30 pm 

Book you VIRTUAL PUPPETRY BUILDING SESSION by  Poppy Crawshaw here.

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VISUAL ARTS BY PUI LEE

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THE MEDIEVAL WORLD BY RACHEL HARKES

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SONGWRITING BY SAM SLATCHER

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In these creative workshops with artist Pui Lee, participants will explore a range of visual arts techniques and processes, and work towards creating a unique mandala-inspired artwork to be proud of by the end of the 12 weeks. During this time, you will learn about art and practice with some of the formal elements that make up a piece of artwork, such as line, colour and composition. There will also be opportunity for some fun games along the way as well as time to chat to others to make new friends; each session will conclude with gentle stretching and breathing exercises to complete this mindful experience. These sessions are ultimately about responding to the now, using our imaginations, and will be tailored to the interests and needs of the participants with the aim of building confidence and improving overall wellbeing. 

 

Session times:

Tuesdays, 11:00 - 12:00 pm 

Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 pm 

Book you VIRTUAL VISUAL ARTS SESSION by Pui Lee here.

History isn’t just about dates…it is about people! Want to learn about how people lived in the Middle Ages and discuss whether they really lived that differently from us? This course will answer your questions about medieval life in the North East and beyond.  

 

This course gives an introduction to life in the medieval world, covering topics such as food, drink, music, theatre, books, poems and popular songs, houses and castles, graffiti and travel. Each week will involve a new activity such as cooking a medieval dish, examining items such as coins, graffiti and other objects, and listening to medieval music. One week, Rachael will lead you on a virtual tour of a medieval building . Each weekly activity will be followed by a discussion about our own modern-day experiences, how the way we live has changed, and which things stay the same. 

 

Session times:

Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Fridays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Book you VIRTUAL MEDIEVAL WORLD SESSION by Rachel Harks here.

‘Life in a Song: Songwriting Experience’ is a 12 week online course that explore the art of song writing and gives the participant's the skills needed to write your their song.

  

The sessions cover different aspects of songwriting: the art of listening to music, writing lyrics, using chords, creating melodies, singing techniques as well as composing songs. You will be guided through writing your own song, whether about a fond memory, a family member, or a passion that interests you.  

The sessions highlight the power of music for self-expression, boosting your confidence and self-esteem, whilst meeting others in a nurturing and safe, online space. These sessions are for anyone who would like to have a go. No musical skill and experience required! You are very welcome to join alone or with a family member or carer. 

 

Session times

Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am 

Wednesdays, 11:30 - 12:30 pm 

Book you VIRTUAL SONGWRITING SESSION by Sam Slatcher  here .

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