Purpose and Vision
Creativity In Care is a values-led community interest company, specialising in high quality socially engaged arts, family learning, and arts in health, steered by participants and communities around the Highlands, and beyond. We do this face to face, online and by post.
Our purpose is to improve quality of life, inclusion and joyfulness by increasing individual and community resilience and compassion.
Our Vision is a world where each person realises how amazing he or she is, regardless of abilities, illness or conditions, because that feeling is where the wellness is.
Over 600 people participate in workshops and programmes each year, and a further 2000-5000 attend our exhibitions and events.
Our values underpin everything we do. If these values are compromised, we seek to resolve this with at source.
- Creativity — to have confidence to try new things
- Connection — to communicate and connect with and without words
- Compassion — to acknowledge people’s values and experiences with love
- Empowerment — to trust individuals’ sense of what is right for them
- Joyfulness — to celebrate life and the moment
- Hopefulness — to dwell in the land of possibilities
- Equalities Thinking — to deeply respect one another
We define the following:
- Quality of Life — an individual’s’ sense of meaning in life, satisfaction, wellbeing and connection
- Inclusion — an individual’s sense of belonging and connection to self, others and/or the universe
- Joyfulness — the degree to which an individual feels emotionally and spiritually fulfilled
What difference do we make?
Firstly, the difference happens because people we work with bring their life experiences, stories and ideas into the mix. We use a model of connection (BICEPS model 2012) and together, we create something meaningful to all involved.
Evaluations of our workshops and programmes show benefits include:
- Better coping strategies and increased resilience;
- Respite from caring role, pain, illness or worrying thoughts;
- Inspired or re-ignited sense of creativity, skills and abilities;
- Opportunities to participate without barriers of finance, labels or rurality;
- Sense of achievement, identity, value;
- Improved social connections; improved self-care;
- Improved relationships/family relations;
- Sense of structure, purpose and meaning.
These fit with national outcomes in communities, health, culture and human rights.
Who are we?
Creativity In Care staff are highly skilled reflective practitioners with backgrounds in the arts (visual arts, dance, puppetry, textiles, drama and creative writing), community engagement, care management, person centred counselling and teaching. Staff also have experiences of mental health recovery, unpaid carer roles and long term conditions.
We have four voluntary directors, four sessional artists, two staff and administration support. Participant volunteers work with us on particular projects and larger community arts events.
Community groups, families or individuals suggest project ideas that we build together through partnership working, in a rich exchange of knowledge, skills, creativity, ideas and inspirations.
What are we?
We are a registered company without shares (SC438310) set up for social purpose as a community interest company. All proceeds are used for the work and all assets belong to the community.
Where are we?
We are based in the Scottish Highlands and work in a wide range of creative and learning environments, including care settings, community venues, and family homes.
In 2020 we transformed our creative workshops into postal kits with step by step guide notes, and our social arts programmes into successful on-line programmes, available to much wider geographic reach.
Who do we work with?
We work with people living with dementia and other long term conditions; families with young children; people managing their mental health recovery; families affected by addictions; and people who describe themselves as well and able, who support community cohesion, equality and diversity. Our stakeholders include health and social care third sector partners, sessional staff, volunteers and funders.
How did we begin?
Creativity In Care began as a sole trader in 2010 to be a creative and meaningful response to individuals feeling isolated, stigmatised or fearful about their diagnosis or condition. This meant focusing on people’s deepest desires for inner peace, joyfulness, inner strength and union, using a creative model of connection developed over a lifetime of practice research in health and social care.
In late 2012, a group of individuals sat around a large café table in Church Street, Inverness. People with backgrounds in arts, education, management, health and social care, lived experience of long term conditions, and mental health recovery, began Creativity In Care Community Interest Company.