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Are you working in a care setting or interested in working in one? Do you have a passion for arts and culture which you would like to share with others?

What is Creative Exchanges?

Creative Exchanges is a two-day course designed for activities coordinators working in residential or day care settings. It is also suitable for those with an arts background interested in engaging with older people in a care setting.* 

Creative Exchanges will provide participants with: 

  • Practical skills to carry out creative activities with people in residential and day care settings;
  • An understanding of the value of creative activity, particularly in a care setting;
  • Experience of taking part in arts-based workshops.

The course is designed to provide meaningful opportunities to engage older people in arts activities and adopts a person-centred approach promoted by HIQA’s National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People (2016). 

How does it work?

Creative Exchanges takes place over 2 days and comprises 3 sessions per day

DAY 1           
Introduction – Creativity and Wellbeing, Facilitator – Brian Dooney      

This session looks at the significance of creativity in our lives and its benefits for greater health and wellbeing. Resources available to facilitate creative activities in different settings are also reviewed.

Reminiscence Theatre Workshop, Facilitator – Gillian McCarthy
This workshop demonstrates how to utilize objects and images as a means to invite people to share stories and memories, thereby opening the doors to their personal histories. It also illustrates how personal histories/shared memories, can be used to spark the development of characters for use in role play or drama.

Visual Arts Workshop (1), Facilitator – Caroline Schofield

In this workshop participants are given practical ideas about facilitating art-making activities within a care setting. They also learn how to use ordinary materials more creatively for art-making. 


DAY 2           
Introduction – Ageing, Facilitator – Brian Dooney             
This session looks at different attitudes to/or representations of ageing and the impact they have on our sense of self and society. The value of a life-course model for positive ageing is also examined.      

Movement Workshop, Facilitator – Philippa Donnellan
This session offers tips and techniques in facilitating fun creative movement activity with others. By way of introduction, participants are guided through a series of easy, energising exercises and sequences set to music of all kinds, designed to aid mobility and strength. Following on, we explore the use of songs, text, and simple props to create dance and encourage inclusive, imaginative participation.

Visual Arts Workshop (2), Facilitator – Caroline Schofield

In this workshop participants learn how to encourage a group within a care setting, to work creatively and artistically together, using a range of media and to explore different ways of utilising them more creatively.

How can I get involved?

Applicants should have:

  • An interest in arts and creativity
  • A willingness to engage in creative activity with older people
  • A commitment to attend both days of training

Venues and dates:

We are currently planning our next course to take place in Dublin this Autumn, dates and venue TBC

Price

Creative Exchanges costs approximately €350-€400 per participant, fee needs to be paid in advance to secure a place.

On completion of the programme, a certificate will be provided by Age & Opportunity.

Contact

For more information and to enrol, please contact Fiona Holohan at fiona.holohan@ageandopportunity.ie

Who are our Facilitators?

FACILITATORS

Brian Dooney has been a Facilitator with Age & Opportunity’s Engage programme since 2016. He designs and delivers courses on literature and the arts; and on positive ageing – in the context of building resilience and confidence; developing creativity; promoting lifelong learning and engagement.

Gillian McCarthy is an actress and theatre facilitator with over twenty years’ experience. As a facilitator she has worked with various groups, schools and organisations including Co-Operation Ireland, the Gaiety School of Acting, the Irish Cancer Society and the Law Society of Ireland. She has a keen interest in storytelling and has also facilitated Creative Exchanges for Age & Opportunity in recent years.

Caroline Schofield is a visual artist who works creatively with individuals and groups through a reciprocity of skill sharing, ideas and stories in a participatory and collaborative Arts & Health Practice. Projects include ‘Art at the Kitchen Table’ & ‘Open Gallery with Réalta. Recent work includes working creatively with palliative care patients in the South East Palliative Care Centre, Waterford and a residency for the Irish Hospice in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny. This year she exhibited with artist/puppet maker Corina Duyn in the exhibition “I brought the dream of flying” at GOMA and during ‘Creative Brain Week’, after a year’s collaboration exploring Corina’s move into a nursing home.

Philippa Donellan is a choreographer and dance facilitator. Since 2007 she has worked with older age communities in varied settings across Ireland. She has co-lead an online dance residency in care centers in Dublin, Naas and Kildare under the Care Hubs of Arts & Creative Excellence 2020/2021 initiative by Age & Opportunity. She also facilitates dance workshops for healthcare professionals and others in the care sector, designed to build understanding of creativity through movement.

 

 

*If you are a professional artist (working within a creative or interpretive artform as defined by the Arts Act of 2003), you might like to explore either of the following training initiatives we offer for professional artists:

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A training course for participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in care settings. Find out more here.

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A five week course for people in mid-career or anticipating retirement.  Changing Gears is about building resilience, taking stock, making changes, bouncing back and moving on in life. Find out more here.

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