‘The future of care is creative’ K. Marshall 2009
Creativity In Care’s™ purpose is to improve quality of life, inclusion and joy in care and community settings.
Puppetry and arts combined with person-centred principles (taking time to understand what suits each person) have a powerful and positive impact on interactions and communication.
Creativity In Care™ offer workshops, courses, and consultancy, to promote mental well-being and positive connections with or without words. We co-create exhibitions, films and performances to give voice to people who may not have had opportunities to be heard.
Participants include the general public; people diagnosed with dementia, staff, care managers and family carers; people with experiences of mental ill health; people who use learning disability services; children and adults; and interested companies.
Read a blog about the magic of puppetry in dementia care
The book is out!! ‘Puppetry in Dementia Care: connecting through creativity and joy’ Marshall, K., Jessica Kinglsey Publishers 2013 pp256 £19.99 – based on ten years work. 5% of the author’s share helps Creativity In Care™ deliver more services. See here.
We had a wonderful book launch on rowing boats at Whin Park. Thank you to everyone who supported us.
‘Creative Pathways to Peace’ – Intergenerational programme at the Macphail Centre, Ullapool and Assynt Leisure Centre, Lochinver.
‘Healthy Brains, Stories and Games’ – Intergenerational Projects at Westend Community Centre and The Perrins Centre, Alness
Monthly day out with family carer’s and relatives living with dementia (identifying what is dementia friendly whilst exploring emotional wellbeing, stress management and coping at home) Previous trips to the Ferrycroft Centre, Lairg; Dornoch Museum, Tain Museum and cafes, Black Isle and Sutherland’s Dunrobin Castle and Storehouse at Foulis. Thanks to the Golspie Inn and the VGES for space too. Next outing is Thursday 27th March. Contact for details.
OPEN WORKSHOP: ‘Creative Well-Being’ explores stress management and creativity in partnership with Arts In Merkinch and Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. Last Friday of the month: Friday 28th March. £3 donation per session at the Bike Shed, Grant Street, Merkinch, Inverness. Other workshops are for individual organisations.
Recent projects have included ‘Creative Brains – Noetic Art‘ in Sutherland, Invergordon, Ross-shire, Inverness and Morayshire; ‘Picture This Reality’ with Birchwood Highland Inverness and Lochaber; plus workshops, exhibitions and talks.
Regardless of diagnosis, perceived ability, language or memory, – people have emotions, imagination, humour, sensitivities and individual needs. Creativity is all-inclusive.
Creativity In Care™ enables us to find different, and often uplifting ways to connect, beyond the constraints of spoken or remembered words.
Positive interactions raise self-esteem and joyfulness. Meaningful connections reduce isolation or frustration, and increase a sense of having a life worth living.
Creativity In Care™ is based on years of practical research using puppetry, performance and visual arts, with a professional background in health & social care and arts in health. Many thanks to all the participants, carers, staff and everyone who supports the work.
Note about using the phrase ‘Creativity In Care’ : we have been operating as Creativity In Care for several years and therefore request other organisations starting to use the term, to acknowledge our work. Our events list can be found in Events 2014 or by contacting us
Note about the images: we are grateful to participants’ kind permissions to use their photographs over the years, which are copyrighted to KMarshall 2013-14
We are a partner with the Highland Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival