Creative connections with older people

Creative Networking – Creative connections with older people

Thursday 23rd October 2014 £5 Book tickets

6:30 – 8:30pm, The Station Kitchen, The Station, Bristol, BS1 2AG

The Bristol Arts and Health Forum and Willis Newson invite you to join Alive! for a fun and interactive workshop to explore how creativity can support meaningful activity and quality of life for people living with dementia.

Alive! is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people in care by enabling participation in meaningful activity. The charity delivers activities in over 300 care homes across the South and South West, provides training and resources for care professionals and runs a variety of innovative and creative projects to stimulate older people on all levels.

In this relaxed and friendly setting Alive! will guide you through a series of short creative and fun exercises that will provide inspiration and aid communication. Suitable for all levels of ability, these workshops will provoke discussion, collaboration and understanding.

This evening will allow you to network with local artists, carers, healthcare professionals and charities seeking to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia. A sharing wall displaying the work of Bristol artists and art organisations working with older adults will provide ideas and inspiration.

What will those supporting people living with dementia gain from the evening?

  • Find out how local artists can support people living with dementia
  • Gather ideas around creative activities and ways of working
  • Meet local artists interested in supporting people with dementia

 What will artists gain from the evening?

  • Find out how to use your skills and experience to support people living with dementia
  • Gather ideas around creative activities and ways of working
  • Meet potential partners and commissioners

Bristol Arts and Health Forum exists to help arts and health practitioners share ideas and inspiration.

This event is part of a series of creative networking evenings.  To book visit creative-networking.eventbrite.com

Training: Evaluating Arts, Health & Wellbeing Initiatives

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Willis Newson have just launched their 2014 training courses.

  • Are you currently working in the field of arts in health or arts and wellbeing?
  • Do you need to credibly demonstrate the outcomes and impacts of your work?
  • Do you want to want to develop and grow your professional practice or initiative in a way that is sustainable and exemplifies best practice?

Project evaluation remains a key challenge for practitioners and organisations. This course will provide an overview of evaluation techniques to support those managing and delivering arts, health and wellbeing initiatives and introduce participants to the theoretical concepts and practical tools they need to undertake their own evaluations. Our watchwords are Appropriate, Ethical and Credible, but we also encourage participants to think creatively about the approaches they use. Led by expert practitioners, the course will include teaching and case studies as well as group activities providing opportunities for discussion and feedback. Practical skills development will be combined with teaching and reflection. A suggested reading list will be provided.

Course details
Day 1: Appropriate, Ethical and Credible: An Introduction to Arts and Health Evaluation
Day 2: Anecdote to Evidence: Understanding, Accessing and Using the Evidence Base
Day 3: Making Sense of the Numbers: Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis
Day 4: Making Sense of What People Say and Do:Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
Day 5: Getting the Message Out: Credible and Effective Reporting

The programme is open to project and programme managers working in the field of arts and health or arts and wellbeing, as well as artists, arts practitioners and creative professionals currently working in, or seeking to develop their practice in, arts, health and social care. It will also be of interest to a range of healthcare professionals including arts therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, doctors, activity co-ordinators and managers.

To book click here 

Download the course brochure here:Evaluation Training 2014

Dates: The course will run fortnightly
from 9am – 3.30pm on:
Tuesday 11th February
Tuesday 25th February
Tuesday 11th March
Tuesday 25th March
Tuesday 8th April

Cost: 

  • £450 for the full 5-day programme
  • £110 per day for individual days

While you can choose whether to attend the full five days or pick and choose individual sessions, we do recommend that all participants take the first Introductory session.

As part of our commitment to improving the delivery of arts and health projects, we offer a range of training and professional development courses to those working in the field. For details on other training visit our website.

Training: Participatory Arts in Health and Social Care Settings

website imageWillis Newson have just launched their 2014 training courses.

  • Are you currently working or would you like to work in the field of arts and health
  • Would you like to know how to develop and deliver effective arts projects?
  • Do you want to understand how your work fits into current policy and health agendas?

A growing body of evidence supports the contribution of arts to healthcare. This course will give creative professionals and those working in health and social care the skills to support their professional practice in this growing and dynamic field. It will introduce the concepts, values, and models that inform it and help participants develop, deliver and critically evaluate their own projects. Led by expert practitioners, the day will include teaching and case studies as well as group activities providing opportunities for discussion and feedback. It will combine practical skills development with teaching and reflection. A suggested reading list will be provided.

Course details
The course programme:
Day 1: The Arts, Health and Social Care Context
Day 2: Safe and Ethical Practice within Arts and Health
Day 3: Leading Effective Arts Projects in Health and Social Care Settings
Day 4: Accessing, Understanding and Using the Evidence Base
Day 5: Getting your Work Commissioned

The programme is open to artists, arts practitioners and creative professionals across all artforms currently working in, or seeking to develop their practice in, arts, health and social care. It will also be of interest to a range of healthcare professionals including arts therapists, occupational therapists, activity co-ordinators, public health specialists, counsellors, psychotherapists, researchers and others who wish to better understand the use of arts-based and creative methods in health and social care settings.

Date:The course will run fortnightly from 9am – 3.30pm at Bristol Folk House on:

Thursday 27th February
Thursday 13th March
Thursday 27th March
Thursday 10th April
Thursday 24th April

Cost: £375 for the full 5-day programme.

Bristol Bursary: Four bursary places supported by Bristol City Council are offered to Bristol based artists or arts professionals at a subsidised rate of £125 for the 5-day programme.

To book click here 

Download the course brochure here: Participatory Arts in Health and Social Care Training Programme

As part of our commitment to improving the delivery of arts and health projects, we offer a range of training and professional development courses to those working in the field. For details on other training visit our website.

Creative and Credible evaluation: Amended post

Any subscribers to the blog who received notice of the blog posting below about the Creative and Credible Evaluation and Documentation training will have received information relating to a draft version of the post. Please ignore the previous post and visit the link below to see the most up to date information!

Creative and Credible Evaluation and Documentation: Notes from a training session

Creative and Credible Evaluation: Notes from a training session

In a training session organised by NHS Bristol and Artshine on the 9th November 2012, 17 people – mainly arts and health practitioners –  gathered to learn about, discuss, share knowledge of ‘Creative and credible approaches to evaluation and documentation’. The session was led by Jane Willis of Willis Newson.

Willis Newson documented the day and we are posting our notes and other records of the day here as a resource for those who attended and anyone else who is interested in the subject.

We discussed photographic consent and a sample consent form which you can amend for your own use is available for download as a Word document here.

 During the session participants noted and discussed their own ideas about evaluation. We have turned this discussion into a Wordle, which you can download here.

Jane gave a presentation about creative documentation methods and introduced the idea of the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Evaluation, Documentation and Marketing (download PDF).

The images below relate to an evaluation exercise of the session itself. More information about how we did this can be found in our record of the session, which you can download here: Creative and Credible Evaluation and Documentation Notes 9th Nov 2012.

Please note that all images remain the property of Willis Newson. If you’d like to know more about training offered by Willis Newson, please email info@willisnewson.co.uk.

Mental Health Awareness: Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing

Wednesday 19th September 2012 – 09:15-16:30

This course aims  to give participants from a variety of settings and backgrounds the opportunity to gain a basic awareness of mental health which they can draw upon in their day-to-day work. Emphasis is placed on the social aspects of mental health including the stigma of mental illhealth and the factors that can promote recovery and wellbeing.

£75.00 per person

For further information and to book visit

http://www.bristolmind.org.uk or call 0117 980 0370

Supervision for Artists Working in Healthcare Settings

NHS Bristol and Bristol City Council offer subsidised group supervision for Bristol based artists working in healthcare settings. Groups are facilitated by an experienced clinical supervisor and provide a safe, supportive space for you to regularly explore your arts and health practice.

Supervision is a term used to describe a formal process of professional support and learning which enables practitioners to develop knowledge and competence, assume responsibility for their own practice and enhance consumer care (DOH 1993)

We have spaces in supervision groups running from October 2012. If you are interested in joining a group please contact Tana Holmes at Bristol City Council tana.holmes@bristol.gov.uk

Hone your arts and health skills at UWE

Willis Newson and the University of the West of England have joined forces to offer some exciting day courses and two fully academically accredited modules – all on the subject of arts and health. Where do you need to hone your skills? Find out more.

The following day courses are booking now and will be relevant to arts practitioners, health practitioners and others working in the arts and health/wellbeing field. Students wishing to take the full module will attend all five of the day courses and one other session.

Participatory Arts in Health and Social Care
3rd October 2012: The context for arts and health: Research, policy and practice
17th October 2012: Leading effective arts projects in health and social care
31st October 2012: Safe and ethical practice for arts and health
14th November 2012: Introduction to research and evaluation in arts and health
28th November 2012: Marketing and presentation skills: Bringing your arts and health project to life

The second set of workshops begins in January 2013 and focuses on the skills you need to evaluate arts in health initiatives.

For full details on all courses, including how to register and costs, visit the Willis Newson website or contact Miranda Borman by email or telephone 0117 924 7617.