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Useful links to organisations who provide activities and training locally and nationally, and also further resources and activity ideas.
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Age of Creativity is a one-stop resource for people working creatively with older people, packed with ideas and information to inspire your projects. See particularly their resources page, on which you can find toolkits and research specific to working with older people through the arts. 

Arts4dementia is a new charity helping to develop and co-ordinate high-quality intergenerational arts opportunities for people living with dementia in the community, stimulating brain activity and bringing inspirational relief from anxiety and confusion, for them, their families and carers. Empowering people with memory loss through artistic stimulation.

Bradford Dementia Group has courses and publications focussing on person-centred care.

The Campaign to End Loneliness aims to tackle loneliness in old age through supporting organisations with research and dissemination of good practice.

‘Chocolate Rain, 100 ideas for a creative approach to activities in dementia care’ is a visually exciting and easy to use activity manual for caregivers and relatives. Sarah Zoutewelle shows how to apply creativity in order to reach the person behind the dementia and to approach them as an equal creative companion in discovering the best activities for them. Chocolate Rain offers practical advice as well as inspiration for improving the well being of people with dementia, and includes more than 100 successfully tested ideas for a wide range of new activities - and special attention is given to supporting and engaging those with advanced dementia.

Consortium Care stock a wide range of activity items, including indoor and outdoor games, reminiscence, crafts, musical instruments and resources for care homes.

Dementia Friends - people with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends is giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia - from helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia.

First Taste is a charity running educational activities for older people in the Derbyshire Dales and beyond and who also offer training for care workers. They have ‘Music to Move’ tapes and CDs for sale, offering guided chair-based movement, as well as the new ‘Where’re you walk’, a film to stimulate and soothe those in care settings living with dementia.

Jabadao offer an online catalogue with kits for older people’s activity and also training courses.

The Journal of Dementia Care is very useful for anyone working with dementia patients, and it often has articles on arts activities.

Live Music Now provides live music in a variety of settings, including care settings, with a resource of specially trained musicians.

Lost Chord is a charity based in Rotherham which organises interactive music performances in care settings, especially for those living with dementia.

My Life software is a digital reminisence tool, created by carers for carers, which provides communication support and interactivity for the elderly and people with dementia.

The National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People (NAPA) provides training, a magazine, an online shop, and consultancy services. You can download an audit/ assessment tool free from the website, which helps managers to review their activity provision.

Picture the Past is a searchable website containing over a hundred thousand historic photographs, slides, glass plates, postcards and engravings recalling the history of local communities over the last hundred years and more, taken from the libraries and museums of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. A treasure trove of images, great for using to prompt chat, stories, poems, imagination, improvisation....

'Portrait of a Life' toolkit. The practical approaches within the toolkit support the production of life story boards, electronic journals, memory boxes and more for people living with dementia and other mental health needs in a variety of care settings. The toolkit enables those using it to understand and deliver true person-centred care through transforming care planning. £345+VAT

Running Your Group offers practical information on anything to do with running a voluntary group - funding, child protection, getting members, marketing and more. You can sign up for a free account which gives you access to a wealth of resources.

Sing for your Life – improving the health and wellbeing of older people through music.  Singing is a wonderful therapeutic activity that accesses the long-term memory and has many positive and long-term effects; there is a growing body of clinical evidence that can prove it! In addition to support and Silver Song Clubs, Sing for your Life have developed the Silver Song Music Box, which enables anyone to facilitate a singing session at any time, regardless of experience and with no training.

Time slips - see how to make improvised stories that do not rely on memory. Suitable for use with people with dementia.




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