What are Focus Groups?
We are engaging with diverse sets of individuals, organisations and artists in order to ensure our work is collaborative and inclusive.
How do they work?
For specific initiatives (such as the Arts and Creative Charter for Older People), we are inviting different groups of people to attend facilitated meetings designed to get maximum feedback and input on the work we do.
How can I get involved?
If you would like to keep updated on this initiative, sign up to our newsletter at the link in the footer. Participation in focus groups is by invitation.
AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT: This strand is intended to encourage and facilitate more older people to participate in the arts, and to enhance the experience of audiences.
We believe that, whether you are 8 or 80 years old, we all should have access and opportunities to attend and participate in the arts and to realise our creative potential. Fresh thinking, bold experimentation and creativity are all fundamental to delivering a high quality of life for older people.
Research shows that arts programmes involving music, visual arts and drama, among other activities, have a profound influence on the quality of life of older people, with positive impacts on health, psychological well-being, confidence and autonomy as well as other benefits such as:
- mental wellbeing
- reduced stress
- improved cognition
- sense of identity and personhood
- increased self-esteem and confidence
- reduced boredom.