The ‘Our Work of Art Project Partnership 2018’ was honoured with a finalist certificate for the ‘Arts & Culture Organisation’ category at the Dementia Friendly Kent Awards 2019, hosted at the Kent County Showground on Friday 11th October.
Proud and thrilled to receive this recognition were (left to right) Maria Kemp and Rosie Strellis – two of the Our work of Art project volunteer team – with Ken Scott, Director of Kent Arts and Wellbeing and Catherine Arnell, Director, Espression Arts CIC, who is the creative lead for the project.
The next round of creative workshops in Age UK Canterbury and Age UK Herne Bay &Whitstable centres and in other community settings and groups, is due to start this November running through to March 2020.
Dr Neil Brown, Chief officer at Age UK Canterbury, championing the project partnership with Age UK Herne Bay & Whitstable said:
“We are delighted with the wellbeing impact this work is having on our members/ clients and that the active ageing volunteers (50+) get so much out of the experience. We are truly grateful and impressed.
Later into 2020 we have exciting plans to include inter-generational work – mixing young people from very young primary schools children to college-aged students, to work alongside older people at the local Age UK’s and in other community settings.”
Anyone wishing to meet find out more about the project, and the range of diverse tasks and help that is welcomed with the Our Work of Art programme, is welcome to come along to the monthly volunteer network meetings usually held Wednesday mornings with other social evening events. These are held at Espression Arts, 29-30 Palace Street, Canterbury, CT1 2DZ facilitated by Catherine and Fay.
Please get in touch and leave a message for Catherine on 01227 765665 or call Fay Blair, Kent Arts and Wellbeing on 07786 307 664