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

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Posted: April 16th, 2021

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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