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Caring Creatively

The website to help you care creatively for older people in Derbyshire.

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If you are working or volunteering with older people or any vulnerable adult in a care setting, in the community or in their own home, Caring Creatively is here to help you. On this website you will find handy hints and tips on how to run an arts activity, finding funding, recruiting artists, links to useful organisations, and also a bank of practical activities you can use with those you’re caring for. If you’d like to contribute ideas or links to this website, please contact

Why arts activity?

Taking part in arts activity improves your health and wellbeing! That’s not just the people you’re caring for, but also you, the carer.  Find out here how using arts activity can benefit you and the people you are caring for, as well as how to evaluate your project effectively so you can show these benefits.

My story

This page is for you – please tell us your experiences of leading arts activities. How have you used creativity to improve wellbeing? What difference did it make for you and for the people you care for? Which activity did you try? Contact us to tell us all about it on

Creative activities: ideas bank

Do you want to run an arts activity, but don’t know where to start? Check our practical resources and ideas for you to use. You’ll find ideas for craft, dance, and creative writing activities, and more, here.

Running an arts project

Here you can find practical information and advice on running a professional arts project in your care setting, including how to find and secure funding, recruiting and working with professional artists, and more.

Useful links

Here you can find useful links to organisations who provide activities and training, and also further resources and activity ideas.

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