Our Work of Art Outreach 2019


Our Work of Art Outreach 2019 – Helping Older People Engage – through creativity:

Catherine Arnell, Espression Arts CIC supported by Fay Blair, Kent Arts and Wellbeing will be leading this 2019 rural outreach programme, which has four strands:

  1. RURAL OUTREACH Engage and deliver Arts & wellbeing creative ‘taster’ sessions for the ‘Age of Creativity’ festival period May/ June 2019 outreach and rural locations.

Later stages of the project (with extra funding being secured) will involve the following:

  1. VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT CREATIVE TRAINING  A programme organised for new volunteer recruits with further CPD for our experienced, motivated 2018 ‘champion’ volunteers.  15 new volunteer recruited,  involving 6 volunteer ‘champions’ from the 2018 programme
  1. VOLUNTEER SKILL & PEER SUPPORT NETWORK ‘critical friend’ support and supervision and skills and experience sharing among volunteers who engage in the artist led programme of participant session

4. CREATIVE SESSION PROGRAMME DELIVERY at Age UK Centres Deliver the creative making programmes. 80-100 older people (50+) including elderly frail, engage with the creative sessions regularly (for 5 weeks or more)

This rural outreach project is a partnership project
Funded by Canterbury City Council, and The National Lottery Community Fund (Awards for All)
Led by Age UK Canterbury, Age UK Herne Bay & Whitstable
Delivered by Catherine Arnell,Espression Arts CIC with Kent Arts & Wellbeing.


We invite your Parish Council, or village hall committee and groups , to book your community hall for two  free (2-hour) sessions in MAY 2019 or JUNE 2019 to celebrate the ‘Age of Creativity’ Festival – a fun, ‘tea and creativity’ social experience.

Our trained creative volunteers – from #OurWorkofArt2018 that involved over 150 people – will support more, older people from your locality, to ‘have a go’, meet new people, make friends, do something, simple but different. (Activities could be ceramic painting, clay work, ‘decoupatch’.)

We hope your Parish will support this and want to promote and engage older people (over 50’s – 100!) to take part, and for some of the more active people to consider our volunteer training, in doing some in centre support work later. See more information below.

NEXT STEPS: We would love to come and talk to your Parish Council or a representative. We can book to come and see you beforehand, any time now onwards.    This is to explain more about what is on offer and see what you would like to do!  Please do call us for an informal chat as soon as possible by contacting Fay Blair to find out more: email fay@kentartsandwellbeing.org.uk  Tel: 07786 307 664 


Our trained volunteers did a similar project in 2018 and it involved over 150 people in ceramic mug and tile mural making. See more here about ‘Our Work of Art’ at www.kentartsandwellbeing.org.uk    You may also like to know and see more at:

This public exhibition ‘Our Work of Art 2019 – With these Hands’ displays the fabulous work that was made by the volunteers and the older people engaged in the Age UK day centres and community settings at Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable.




Latest News

Co-production in action

Posted: January 30th, 2020

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

  Our Work of Art project volunteers co-deliver the 2020 new creative volunteer Training. Buzzing with ideas and questions, 12 new creative recruits attended  the Our Work of Art 2020…

KM Charity Kent Volunteering Awards 2019: ‘Our Work of Art’ Project wins a double accolade!

Posted: November 26th, 2019

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

    The project - Our Work or Art – has just won, not one, but two KM Charity Kent Volunteering Awards, presented on Friday 22 November 2019, at the…

Creative and Cultural Participation in Later Life

Posted: October 20th, 2019

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

    Kent Arts and Wellbeing are working with Voluntary Arts England and Age UK to promote the work undertaken by Age UK Oxfordshire to respond to the need of…

Latest Projects

“Our Work of Art 2019-With these hands”

Posted: December 21st, 2018

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

PROJECT EXHIBITION AND SHOWCASING EVENTS 18 – 31st MARCH 2019 (free public access) at Garage Coffee @ Fruitworks 1-2 Jewry Lane, Canterbury CT1 2NR A co-curated two-week, free, public exhibition…


Posted: August 1st, 2018

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

#OurWorkOfArt2018 Our Work of Art is a community art project which is inspiring older people as volunteers and participants in socially engaged creative practice. Espression Arts Community Interest Company (CIC)…

Our Work Of Art – Volunteer Training and Network

Posted: July 23rd, 2018

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

Our Work of Art:  A community art project focused on inspiring older people as volunteers, to then support older frailer people as participants, in socially engaged, group creative practice. The …

Posted On: March 20th, 2019