On-going Virtual Activities*
1. Dance by Dance Academy
2. Mixed Media Art by Claire Ford
3. Creative Writing by Katharine Goda
4. Creative Storytelling by Liv Hunt
5. Puppetry Building by Poppy Crawshaw
6. Visual Arts by Pui Lee
7. The Medieval World by Rachel Harkes
8. Songwriting by Sam Slatcher
9. Photography by Alan Sill
10. History Discussion by Richard McMann
*To find out more about our ARTISTS and the sessions, please scroll down;
To find out more about these and similar such activities, feel free to subscribe to our latest updates and stay in touch with us.
If you and your loved ones, or the older people you are caring for, looking for engaging and stimulating activities, our on-going programme of activities offers a wide range of arts, crafts, writing, heritage and cultural activities, online and face-to-face.
Our qualified and experienced professionals will ensure our activities are specially tailored for socially isolated older persons and are aimed at: teaching new skills on your personal tech/gadgets alongside meeting like-minded people, building friendships with people who maybe facing similar challenges to you, and most importantly improve their mental health by encouraging emotional wellbeing and reduce loneliness.
Our services will specifically 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 and various neurological disorders.
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.
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
Mondays and Wednesdays: 10:30 - 11:00 am
MIXED MEDIA-CLAIRE FORD
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.
Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
DANCING -DANCE CITY
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.
Tuesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
CREATIVE WRITING-KATHARINE GODA
Join Katharine in a series of fun, inclusive and inspiring creative writing sessions to explore, record and share what matters to you. 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.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:00 - 11:00 am (group 1)
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 11:15 am - 12:15 pm (group 2)
CREATIVE STORYTELLING-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. 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.
Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Thursdays, 11:30 - 12:30 pm
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!
Fridays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Fridays, 11:30 - 12:30 pm
VISUAL ARTS BY PUI LEE
MEDIEVAL WORLD-RACHEL HARKES
‘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.
Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursdays: 10:30 - 11:30 pm
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.
Mondays & Tuesdays: 11:00 - 12:00 pm
Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Thursdays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
History isn’t just about dates…it is about people! 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.
Mondays: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Wednesdays: 4:30 - 5:30 pm