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'arts:impact - Arts for Wellbeing in Derbyshire' delivered professional arts activity in older people's care settings and training for care staff and Arts and Health artists, alongside Caring Creatively - a newsletter, web resource and networking opportunities for activity co-ordinators, managers and care staff wishing to lead and develop arts activity in their care setting.

Arts:Impact Logo Small Arts Derbyshire, supported by Derbyshire County Council, received a grant from the Pfizer Foundation UK to run arts:impact across Derbyshire, working to place arts activity at the heart of Derbyshire care homes, and to build the capacity of the Arts and Health workforce in the County.

We have worked with 24 care homes or day centres across the County to deliver a total of 233 artsworkshops to 312 people, working with older people, many with a dementia, supported by care staff, activity co-ordinators, volunteers and even family members.

Each care setting has received a series of workshops from one of our professional Arts and Health artists:
Andrea Haley and Moira Dickens - dance
John Lindley and Sally Goldsmith – creative writing, poetry and song
Karen Herrick and Ola Wilson – crafts and textiles

sallyartsimpactActivity co-ordinators and care staff at the homes worked closely with the artists week by week, developing skills and confidence to lead sessions themselves. Alongside this the staff received professional arts training. We ran three specialist training sessions, covering creative activity and how to use and access the arts in care settings, which benefitted 53 activity co-ordinators/ care workers.

To support staff in continuing this work, we have launched the Caring Creatively website and newsletter, which gives hints and tips on how to run an arts activity, finding funding, recruiting artists, links to useful organisations, showcases care worker/ activity co-ordinator’s success stories and also provides a bank of practical activities care workers can use in their care setting. The website is supported by a newsletter which is sent out to all Derbyshire care homes. If you have any ideas, articles etc for the website/ newsletter, or if you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please contact
There was a Caring Creatively Networking Day in Spring 2013, which gave opportunities for the sharing of ideas, meeting service providers, practical arts activity workshops, funding advice, and much more for Activity Coordinators, Home Managers, and Care Workers.

craftartsimpactWe have also run a professional artist training and development short course in partnership with Staffordshire University, who run a Masters course in Arts and Health. This took place over three intensive afternoon sessions, covering many aspects of working in arts and health, and seeking to develop the individual’s knowledge and practice in this field. Participants were a diverse group from both arts and health backgrounds. The main course tutor was Kate Gant, Director of Creative Health CIC in the West Midlands and lecturer in Arts and Health at Staffordshire University. Kate is also a board member and director of the National Alliance for Arts and Health. Guest speakers also attended each session.

The Arts, Health and Wellbeing Working Group commissioned a detailed evaluation. Please see the documents section below for a summary version, the full evaluation and the appendices.

In September 2015 a new dissertation report has been published on arts:impact findings: 'Do arts activities improve the quality of life of older people in care homes?'

A Masters Student at the School for Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield has completed a detailed report analysing the findings from Arts Derbyshire's arts:impact programme of arts activity in care homes. Tosin Adesina's report finds that 'Arts interventions in care homes need to be well entrenched into the agenda of policy makers who are concerned with social interventions, because they impact positive experiences on participants which significantly improve their wellbeing'.

The report and summary poster are available to download below.

For more information about arts:impact or any other Arts and Health work, or to be added to the Derbyshire Arts and Health Network mailing list, please contact



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