Creative Exchanges

Accredited training for activities coordinators

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Are you working in a care setting? 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 seven week accredited training course for activities coordinators in care settings and people from an arts background with an interest in working with older people.  It trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people.
 

How does it work?

The course offers high-quality training that leads to a QQI Level 6 Component Award (6N3585). Participants will develop the skills needed to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people in residential and day care settings.

Topics covered include:

  1. The principles and characteristics of person-centred care
  2. Planning for activities with older people
  3. Using visual arts
  4. Exploring music-based movement and drama-related activities
  5. Utilising digital media to explore image and sound
  6. Person-centred communication
  7. Working creatively with people who have dementia

Creative Exchanges offers an understanding of the value of creative activity, particularly in a care setting; experience of taking part in arts-based workshops and practical skills to carry out creative activities with people in residential and day care settings.

How can I get involved?

If you are an activities coordinator, working in a residential or day care setting or an artist interested in engaging with older people in a care setting, this course is for you.

The course is a QQI Level 6 accredited qualification (a component award in Arts and the Community 6N3585), consisting of seven full days, 10am-4pm each day, over a two-month period.

No prior qualifications are required, but an interest in arts and creativity or working with older people, as well as a commitment to attend the seven days training and undertake a significant amount of self-directed project work and study is essential.

The next Creative Exchanges course will take place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.  Course Dates:  Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th September, Thursdays 19th, 26th September and Thursdays 10th, 17th and 24th October 2019.

Click here to download an application form:   Creative Exchanges Application form Dublin Autumn 2019

Course Assessment

Assessment comprises a project and portfolio (including a learner journal). The project which is 50% of the assessment involves planning, budgeting, running and evaluating an ‘arts-activity’ in a nursing home or residential day care setting.

It has a credit value of 15 and a full award at level 6 is 120 credits. It is a component in a major award, Arts and The Community 6N3585. The accreditation system allows credits from different awards to be accumulated over time, and for them to be used to contribute to a Major award. To gain entry to this QQI Level 6 programme you do not need a previous formal qualification. You may have achieved certification at Level 5 or have equivalent life and/or work experience.

Course fee

The cost of the course is €650. To apply, please fill in the application form and send it back to us by post or email.

Contact

For information speak to Fiona Holohan in our Engage team.

  01 805 7798
 fiona.holohan@ageandopportunity.ie

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Six week course (over six half days) – for older people in local communities – designed to increase confidence, encourage reflection and share experiences.  Find out more here.

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A six 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.

Bespoke Training

Bespoke training, advice and mentoring in the areas of arts, physical activity, active citizenship and lifelong learning.  We can tailor a programme to your/your organisation’s needs. Find out more here.

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Learning, education and engaging with your local community offers a number of benefits including

  • happiness and empowerment
  • mental wellbeing
  • increased self-awareness and expression
  • development of new skills and interests
  • providing a sense of self control
  • social connection
  • reduced depression and anxiety
  • reduced stress levels
  • improved cognition
  • sense of identity and personhood
  • increased self-esteem and confidence

Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website

Our Principal Funders:

Link to HSE websiteLink to Sport Ireland websiteLink to Arts Council website