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36 creative workshops for 72 participants living in Tower Hamlets. Half will be living with dementia and half will be their carers. The 36 workshops will be split into 6 programmes, intended to champion the participants creativity during what can be a significant time in their lives. The workshops are free and conducted over Zoom, so participants can join from the comfort of their own home. The workshops are: Cyanotype Printing Aromatic Printing Stencil Making Felt Making Clay Modelling Drawing from Sound Funding is required for the time of a facilitator to run the workshops, art materials for the participants, postage and packaging of materials and a designer to compile the recorded impact. A successful project would include increased desire to participate in arts and culture socially. An ability to practice their creativity beyond the workshops. A registered improvement in the participant's senses and the knowledge for how to trigger their senses creatively.
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Why it's a great idea:
Following a pilot version of this project, funded by Toynbee Hall, we came came into contact with LinkAge Plus in Tower Hamlets. They support older residents in being less reliant on traditional healthcare services through meaningful activity. This is something we are also striving for as a result of this project. It is articulated well by Edward Bullmore, Head of Psychiatry at Cambridge University, "Patients who have been referred to an artist rather than prescribed, for example, antidepressants, taken over time, are making 37% less demands for visits to their GP and 27% less hospital admissions" By facilitating group creative workshops, we hope participants have more confidence to engage in the cultural sector, be this attending more exhibitions or events, or participating in additional workshops beyond our own project. Because our workshops are process driven and therefore active, we also hope our project increases a desire for other activities such as group sports and leisure.
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About the space
Borough of Tower Hamlets
London Borough of Tower Hamlets