Our Work of Art – “HOPE” HELPING OLDER PEOPLE ENGAGE THROUGH ART

The main project elements and phases include:

The volunteer training programme and mentoring

The training was a bespoke three-part sessional programme developed by the project team.

Two rounds were delivered in July and again in September 2018. The content and approach was evolved from the LAPWING project training, developed for Kent artists in 2016.

The project partners

Volunteer Recruitment

The creative group sessions with older people

Over a 6 or 12 week programme in the Age UK day centre or community centre setting,  the activities encouraged creative participation of the older people to ‘have a go’ and gain technical skills and engage more professionally in artistic making.

Volunteers supported over 100 older people to enjoy a tactile, expressive means accommodating individuals who find holding brushes or pens difficult.

An Artists Collaborative Approach  was asopted to deliver genuine Community Arts,  involving partnership working with a highly skilled photojournalist, fine artist, potter and a therapeutic ceramicist.

Participant Views

Volunteer creative pottery studio practice

Monitoring and evaluation

Latest News

Veterans Places, Pathways and People

Posted: April 10th, 2022

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Kent Arts and Wellbeing(KAAW) is delighted to be part of the Veterans Places, Pathways and People project in the Southeast of England, in Partnership with Veterans Outreach Support (VOS). Thanks…

Building Back Better

Posted: April 10th, 2022

Kent Arts and Wellbeing are grateful to Kent County Council for support through the Building Back Better Fund. During the latter stages of the pandemic, with high community infections rates, …

Thanet Veterans

Posted: April 9th, 2022

Kent Arts and Wellbeing

Kent Arts and Wellbeing have been delivering this project on behalf of Age UK Thanet with funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund - Positive Pathways. Working with Espression…

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Partnership in Mind – VPPP

Posted: April 11th, 2022

Kent Arts and Wellbeing(KAAW) is delighted to be part of the Veterans Places, Pathways and People project in the Southeast of England, in Partnership with Veterans Outreach Support (VOS). Thanks…

THANET VETERANS – UPDATE

Posted: April 10th, 2022

Thanet Veterans – Belonging and Celebrating is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust as part of their Positive Pathways Fund. Kent Arts and Wellbeing(KAAW) are delivering the project on…

CREATIVE CONNECTIONS – UPDATE

Posted: April 10th, 2022

Creative Connections, is funded by the Colyer Ferguson Family Trust and aims to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable, lonely older people, encouraging continued independence through creative activities and increased digital…

Project Partners

Espression Arts CIC with Kent Arts & Wellbeing, and Age UK Canterbury and Age UK Herne Bay and Whitstable.

Project Funders

Canterbury City Council, Arts Council England, Kent Community Foundation, The Big Lottery Fund

Posted On: August 1st, 2018