SingAbout and Creative Futures – Independent Arts

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SingAbout and Creative Futures – Independent Arts 2017-12-05T13:30:50+00:00

Project Description

As part of Age Friendly Island, Independent Arts are running two projects to help alleviate social isolation among older people.

SingAbout is an Island-wide project providing regular weekly singing groups for older people. The groups are free and are run by a trained practitioner, and a team of volunteers. As well as being of benefit to health and wellbeing, the groups provide an opportunity to socialise in a supportive friendly environment.

SingAbout is based on a proven form of music therapy, the sessions are open to all older people. Benefits of SingAbout include helping maintain memory, improve breathing, movement, speech and confidence. Singing also helps improve mental health. SingAbout groups offer companionship to those who are isolated. The sessions have a much wider benefit to both carers and participants by providing a fun group activity and encouraging social interaction.

SingAbout began in 2011 with four free groups set up across the Island. Big Lottery funding will maintain these and open three new clubs as well as regular Pop Up sessions.

Below are the details of the current SingAbout sessions.

SingAbout Freshwater:

Memorial Hall, Avenue Road, Freshwater PO40 9UU

Mondays from 10.15am – 12.15pm

SingAbout Ryde:

All Saints’ Church Hall, Queen’s Road, Ryde PO33 3BG

Mondays from 2 – 4pm

SingAbout Newport:

Newport Scout Hall, Woodbine Close (off St John’s Road), Newport PO30 1RW

Tuesdays from 2 – 4pm

SingAbout East Cowes:

St. James’ Church, Church Path, East Cowes, PO32 6RL

Thursdays from 2 – 4pm

SingAbout Lake:

Lake Lions Community Centre, New Road, Lake, PO36 9LA

Fridays from 10.30am – 12.30pm

SingAbout Ventnor:

Ventnor Baptist Church, Pier Street, Ventnor PO38 1SJ

Fridays from 10.30am – 12.30pm

Creative Futures

Creative Futures is a volunteer led project to improve the quality of life for older people living in care homes. The project delivers therapeutic arts sessions on a one to one basis to residents in nursing and care homes. Creative Futures offers engaging sessions across a wide range of activities which are personalised and tailor-made to the client’s needs, improving health and well-being for older socially isolated people.

Independent Arts works in many of the Island’s care and nursing homes delivering ‘Workshops for Wellbeing’ that give residents group activities such as art, music, reminiscence and movement. However, not all residents can access sessions due to mobility, illness, anxiety and other issues. It is these residents that Creative Futures is designed to engage with.

Creative Futures will deliver one to one sessions which are highly personalised to the individual, which focus on treating the older person as a unique and independent individual who has a rich history and life experience and a future creative potential.

Experienced creative practitioners work in a mentoring role to pass on skills and knowledge. Volunteers receive robust training in relevant areas such as Safeguarding, working with Vulnerable Adults and delivering creative sessions and Dementia Friends training. This is in addition to the six-week mentoring period.