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2017 POSITIVE DEMENTIA CARE : Courses are now fully booked… However please register your interest using our contact form, as we will be running more course later in the year. Course fees will reflect the true costs of delivery.

Positive Dementia Care-POSTER- March 2017 JPEG

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a-creative-toolkit-book-coverPositive Dementia Care – A Creative Toolkit 2-day learning programme. This is based on over ten-years practice-research by author and tutor Karrie Marshall, for joyful and creative ways of connecting with people who are living with dementia, through to end of life care. The course is aimed at people interested in working creatively to support meaningful interactions, identity, inclusion and connection for better quality professional care. Previous participants have included doctors, care home managers, artists, drama therapists, and care staff. The course is delivered by Karrie Marshall with one or more of the following creative facilitators: Chris King, Cath Giles, Lorna Campbell or Keith Walker.

The course aims to:

  • Deepen knowledge & understanding about the importance of creativity and learning in dementia care
  • Improve person-centred and equalities awareness
  • Show the Six-Step B.I.C.E.P.S model for strengthening connections
  • Enable you to create your own toolkit of skills and ideas for meaningful interactions
  • Better understand the transforming power of love and compassion
  • Increase knowledge about maintaining healthy brains

Following a trial price of £130 for the 2-day course fees will need to rise to reflect the true costs of delivery.

The programme is in response to questions from care staff and artists about how to engage with people whose memory, concentration, communication, or ability to make sense of things, is affected by brain disease or long term conditions.  Basic knowledge of dementia is assumed. Costs include materials, refreshments & light lunches.

‘I always find your courses give me another level of understanding that helps us push the boundaries and see more things are possible than we thought.’ (AH care manager)

“Uplifting & practical. Packed with ideas. Feel more confident about what I can do” (DD carer)

“One of the best courses I’ve been on. Fun, informative & totally inspiring!” (JM Care staff)

‘I feel that I now have a deeper knowledge of dementia, and have a better understanding of how it effects people. I found the discussions about the brain particularly helpful and enjoyed the creative learning.’ (JF carer and artist)

‘It was good to meet like-minded people and to learn about different approaches in communication. I found the course uplifting and inspiring.’  (FD community coordinator)

‘I gained confidence in the work that I do and have increased compassion and understanding when I work with people with dementia. I enjoyed thinking outside the box’ (CG dancer and care staff)

 ‘I’ve been on other dementia care courses, but this one goes wider and deeper and is more fun!  (Dr S.)

We are planning to run this course in other areas of the UK. Please get in touch with us.

Poetry In Motion

Rhythm, Rivers and Roads

Meet at the Dunbar Centre, 86 Church Street at 1:30pm on Sat 8th April 2017. a short walk and then back at the cafe. Word prompts and writing… for people of all abilities… experienced writers, new writers, non-writers… sharing the experience of poetry and prose. People living with dementia and their carers are most welcome. (carers free). £5 and £3 concessions.

Previously: “Sound & Image, Colour & Rhythm”. A group of writers (with and without experience) responded to Katy Dove at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery on February 11th or


“Sound & Image, Colour & Rhythm”.  A group of writers (with and without experience) responded to Katy Dove at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery  on February 11th or

Some of the poetry will be posted on this website and on the museum’s social media.


A look back at 2016

News 2016   Please see end of year newsletter creativity-in-care-2016-newsletter-pdf-sml creativityincare-art-of-caring-nov-sml


The ART of Caring for Self and Others in partnership with Beauly Cares. This was our 8th programs for family carers who support someone living with a long-term condition or terminal illness.

Come and join us in Kirkhill in Spring 2017 to celebrate achievements.



Exhibition October 3rd-31st 2016: Macphail Centre, Ullapool ‘Places Remembered and Imagined’ Photographs of Beautiful models of Remembered & Imagined happy places, by people living with dementia, families with children & community members. This was part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival Highland

October 18th – AGM  We found some wonderful people to help us in our strategic thinking, which will help with our funding so the team of highly motivated facilitators can work with more people in care and community settings.  (A directors pack is available upon request).

seas-the-day-readings-2smlOcober 10th to 22nd – Installation and Talks  Seas The Day-Navigating Our Way was an exciting partnership project between Creativity In Care and Birchwood Highland, a leading mental health support organisation. Thirty co-artists made model boats representing ideas of independence and interdependence sailing the seas of life.

poster-seas-the-day-navigating-our-way-2016-cic-eden-courtHearing the co-artists talking about their work was a highlight of the year 🙂 This project was part supported by Awards For All Scotland with grateful thanks.







Film night: Thursday October 13th – Creativity In Care showed a short film, followed by Infinitely Polar Bear and open discussion at Eden Court.

Speaking engagements included:

  1. Isolation- creative connections for NHS Chaplaincy, Inverness
  2. Supporting Family Carers for UK Dementia Congress, Brighton
  3.  Learning from the history of learning disability, Milton Keynes
  4. Creative Dementia Care, Calgary, Canada
  5. Healthy Brains, Bogart, Sutherland and other events.


Poetry In Motion – is an inclusive project for anyone interested in creative writing (experienced and new writers). We met once a month 1 – usually on the last Saturday of the month visiting different places to gain inspiration & guided ideas for writing. Open to people living with, or without, dementia, experienced and non-experienced writers. Look out for more in 2017

Click here to see short film of a more active poetry in motion session 🙂

Creative Wellbeing – an open project held in The Bike Shed, Merkinch, Inverness, for anyone interested in exploring arts within a friendly environment.  The programme worked towards a collective exhibition. This year’s was ‘The Wows and Woes of Life’  a kinetic exhibition about life balance for wellbeing.

Earlier in 2016:

Film: Beyond Accepted Limitations at ITAC3 conference, Edinburgh (August)

Creativity in dementia care- keynote speaker,  Puppet Power conference, Calgary Canada, plus hands-on workshop.

Puppet shows: Peace Tales and The Way of The Rabbit at Balintore and Abriachan Woods (June/July)

Remembered and Imagined – an open community project in Joss Street Hall, Invergordon and Perrins centre, Alness all ages and abilities.

Family Carers Course (Mindfulness and Memories) at Brora Learning Centre, Sutherland… plus exhibition of beautiful fabric books.

family carers book collage sml

We were pleased to announce the first publication of  ‘The Art of Caring for Self and Others’, by people who care for relatives… written for other family carers. The book is a colourful collection of experiences and ideas. Available £5  request contact

Also… ‘A Creative Toolkit for Communication in Dementia Care’ by K Marshall, Jessica Kingsley Publishers  £15.99 from JKP and Amazon

Peace Tales – with Brora Learning Centre, Node Graphics and Creativity In Care

New peace tales sessions around the Highlands are being planned for 2017. More information will appear here and on Face Book

2015 highlights

boxkm9 ©CIC smallMaking Peace (Inverness Museum and Art Gallery) 9th-14th November

During Remembrance week we delivered a series of hands-on workshops with Brora Learning Centre that led to a month long exhibition of participants work at IMAG. The programme featured items from the museums’ collections that inspire us to consider building communities of support and inclusion.

‘Making Peace’ was delivered throughout the week of the 9 – 14 November 2015 in IMAG’s Room to Discover and Community Gallery.

Nine Lives

©CICNineLives Tupperware scene all sml ©CICNineLives Fyrish Alness Children with Kathy Hewitt and Chris King smlWe celebrated the successful Nine Lives community project on November 23rd with film showings of the intergenerational and dementia friendly community performances involving 150 people. Performers (42 altogether!) included people from care homes, families, people using support services and other members of the general public. Project feedback sessions were held on November 2nd (2pm Joss Street hall; 4:30pm West End Community Centre, Alness).

Creativity In CareMedia: Ross-shire Journal news about Healthy Brains project: .. (Amendments: we are a community interest company, which is different from a charity, although we are still a social enterprise… – and dendrites grow from or shrink back into the cell body of a neuron)

QUOTE about our family carer’s courses:

“High Life Highland was pleased to be able to provide funding for the carers’ course in the East Sutherland area through our Adult Learning programme. I heard about the positive impact this work had on the people on the West coast and we wanted to find a way for the work to reach other family carers.

Having visited the project in Brora, I was able to hear from the participants about the enormous benefits they had gained from taking part in the course. They were unanimous in their praise for the course and the way it had been delivered – it had instilled them with confidence and been life changing.”

Julie Simmons
Adult Learning Strategy Officer

April/ May 2015:

HealthKind Active Communities 2015

Old Possums / Nine Lives (Active Communities) Invergordon and Alness post-code related creative project –  funded by Peoples Health Trust through HealthKind, – about who we are and the community we share. 



4 Responses to Latest News

  1. James gordon says:

    Came to your talk last wed in Stirling. Which was valuable. Particularly moved by the film clips of normally unresponsive elderly people reacting to puppets. Would like to show these to a few people – are they available anywhere online e.g. Youtube? If not it might be a way of showing yr work to wider audience?
    Regards james

    • karrie says:

      Thank you so much for your comments. Have replied by e-mail. Yes, we’re in the process of editing all our films to place on You-Tube to show ways in which creativity makes connections that feel uplifting and meaningful, regardless of whether people have dementia or not, and regardless of perceived abilities or perceived levels of confusion. We’re running several projects at the moment, but getting the films out there is important, so thank you for raising it here.

    • I thank you and bless you so much for your gifts of service through art and creative process. This is my dream job, life expression, combining my medical background with my love of creativity for service. I want to duplicate everything you model here in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Recently relocated and inspired to create and implement art in medicine and intergenerational programs using creativity. I will look for your Utube links.
      If you ever find you’d like a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, I would happily house you during your visit.
      My heartfelt gratitude,

      Mary Kobet, RN, BA

      • karrie says:

        How is it all going? yes, it is the most beautiful work… combining creativity and care. Connecting with people of all ages and of incredible abilities. We meet people in their creativity – the ever present life force that runs through each of us regardless of perceived conditions or diagnoses. We see well-being and people show us their power and possibilities over and over. We are learning that joyfulness, peace, inclusion and wellbeing are not gentle subtle ways of being… they require pro-active self awareness and several guiding principles. The You Tube links will be up in December this year. Karrie is giving talks in Canada and the UK in 2016. A trip to Sante Fe sounds beautiful 🙂 Be in contact.

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