‘The future of care is creative’ K. Marshall 2009
Thank you to participants, to SMHAFF Highland and The Centre for Health Science for supporting our Seminar: ‘COMPASSION AND CREATIVITY’ Compassion and Creativity Flyer 2013 Over 600 people attended our Mental Health events this October.
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 at Whin Park. Thank you to everyone who supported us.
NEW! ‘Creative Pathways to Peace’ – find out more at our Family Christmas Craft Workshops in Ullapool: Thursday Nov 28th 2pm; Thursday Dec 5th 3:30pm (after-school), Wednesday Dec 11th 3:30pm (after-school) Macphail Centre, Ullapool. All ages. Main programme starts January 2014.
New! ‘Healthy Brains, Stories and Games’ – Intergenerational Project. Find out more at our Family Christmas Craft Workshops in Alness. West End Community Centre Wednesday 27th November 4pm; Thursday 12th December 4pm; Saturday 14th December 10am; or at the Perrins Centre Monday 2nd December 4pm; Tuesday 10th December 4pm; Sunday 15th December 11am. Main programme starts January 2014.
Monthly family carer’s day out and picnic (includes stress management!) Previous trips to the Ferrycroft Centre, Lairg; Dornoch Museum, Tain Museum and cafes, Black Isle and Sutherland’s Dunrobin Castle were FABULOUS!! Thanks to the Golspie Inn for giving us space in November. Lovely tea and cakes too! Back in January 2014.
OPEN WORKSHOP: ‘Creative Well-Being’ in partnership with Arts In Merkinch and Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. Last Friday of the month: next is Friday 29th November, then Friday 27th December; Friday 31st January… £3 donation per session at the Bike Shed, Grant Street, Merkinch, Inverness. Other workshops are for individual organisations.
Projects this year 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 the images: we are grateful to participants’ kind permissions to use their photographs over the years, which are copyrighted to KMarshall 2013
We are a partner with the Highland Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival