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A three year programme of work bringing great art to older people in care homes funded by Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation.

“Nor, indeed, are we to give our attention solely to the body; much greater care is due to the mind and soul; for they, too, like lamps, grow dim with time, unless we keep them supplied with oil.” (Cicero)

We believe that that older people living in care homes have the right to engage with the arts and cultural opportunities on offer to the rest of the community.

Funding from Arts Council England and The Baring Foundation of over a 1/4 million pounds is being used to establish Home Service, a collaboration between major arts organisations from Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and care providers in Cornwall and Somerset.

Key aims of Home Service:

  • encourage residential care providers in partnership with arts organisations to commit to and invest in on-going programmes that give residents access to high quality arts experiences
  • establish a series of sustainable, exemplar, programmes of arts and engagement activity giving older people in residential care access to a wide range of quality arts experiences as audiences and participants
  • showcase artistic excellence in residential care settings and stretch aspiration for the range of arts that residents can access and experience outside of the care setting eg visits to local arts venues and events
  • develop tools and resources for more residential care providers to adopt on-going programmes of arts engagement activity and to provide practical support for them to identify appropriate artists and local arts opportunities
  • support the professional development of residential care staff to increase their confidence to deliver arts engagement programmes in their care settings
  • support the professional development of artists to create collaborative arts projects with older people, their carers and the wider community
  • through documentation, evaluation and dissemination stimulate debate and share learning about approaches to engaging older people in care in the arts and inspire others to develop best practice
  • demonstrating the role of the arts in providing a voice for older people and bring local communities and people  in care homes closer together

Arts for Health Cornwall is working in partnership with arts and care partners including:

  • Newlyn and Exchange Galleries
  • Hall for Cornwall
  • Story Republic
  • Wren Music
  • Creativity Works
  • Anson Care Services
  • Cornwall Care
  • Brunel Care

Programme of activity:

  • 6 projects in each of 3 years led by arts partners – 18 projects in total
  • Smaller-scale projects in year 1, larger scale in years 2 and 3
  • CPD for artists
  • CPD for care staff
  • Regional training programme for care staff (Year 2)
  • National training on commissioning and delivering arts programmes in care settings (Year 3)

We are one of four projects nationwide including The Courtyard (Herefordshire), We Do (West Yorkshire) and Abbeyfield (Nottingham).

Photo: From ‘Trading Tales’ performance.