Accredited training for activities coordinators
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:
- The principles and characteristics of person-centred care
- Planning for activities with older people
- Using visual arts
- Exploring music-based movement and drama-related activities
- Utilising digital media to explore image and sound
- Person-centred communication
- 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.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic in Ireland we unfortunately have to cancel the upcoming Creative Exchanges Programme which was due to start on 22nd April. We hope to reschedule the course for September, please check back here or on our social media pages for updates: Age & Opportunity Facebook Age & Opportunity LinkedIn Age & Opportunity Twitter
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.
The cost of the course is €650. Please get in touch if you’re interested in Creative Exchanges.
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