At Age & Opportunity we have a long track record of arts programmes and training in relation to care settings. Today we are absolutely delighted to launch our Toolkit for Arts & Creativity in Care Settings.
This Toolkit is designed for use by managers and staff, in particular care setting creative activity coordinators, as well as non-arts professionals interested in arts in care contexts. It is informed by our work over many years to ensure meaningful engagement in care settings and make the arts and creativity intrinsic to care. It draws especially on the experience of those involved in our 2019 Artist in Residence in a Care Setting Initiative, and on its evaluation, to make key lessons better known for the benefit of others. We have also consulted with care settings in the development of this Toolkit with the view to making it as practically useful for staff in their day to day work, as possible. The Toolkit aims to strike a balance between being inspirational and providing practical suggestions and resources. It may be read from start to finish or (perhaps more realistically) sections may be consulted for practical information or advice.
The Toolkit is intended to provide straightforward advice, knowhow and useful videos for people who want to bring more creative activities into care settings and get the most out of working with artists. It is our aim to profoundly enhance the lives of the residents and attendees of care settings around Ireland and beyond.