2013 Archive

December 2013: Independent Arts featured as case study

The Clothworkers' Foundation have featured Independent Arts on their website as a case study of how their grants help improve lives. They supported our Creative Futures project in 2013 with a £7500 grant towards iPads and digital recording equipment for use in reminiscence sessions with dementia sufferers and isolated elderly residents.

iPad used in Reminiscence session


October 2013: Brilliant SingAbout! Independent Arts on TV

The Brilliant Britain TV show featured the Isle of Wight in its first episode on the Community Channel in October 2013. They visited Independent Arts' Newport SingAbout group as an example of a worthy project that's been part-funded by the Big Lottery. Take a look at SingAbout in action!

(Clicking the arrow on the embedded screen below will take you straight to the six-minute segment on SingAbout.)

Press release on Independent Arts featuring in Brilliant Britain, 24 September 2013

Newport-based charity, Independent Arts will feature in a documentary due to be screened on the Community Channel this weekend. The programme highlights individuals, groups and organisations which make Britain brilliant, and SingAbout, the local singing groups run by Independent Arts across the Island, will feature.

The programme features a number of projects which have received a grant from The Big Lottery Fund, and so takes a look at the efforts of charities such as Independent Arts, and the difference their work makes to people’s lives. Filmmakers visited the Island earlier this month, and spent an afternoon at the Newport SingAbout group, interviewing staff and filming participants in action.

SingAbout is based on the ‘Singing for the Brain’ therapy, which was developed specifically for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia sufferers, as well as people whose brain functions are affected perhaps by a stroke or injury. 'Singing for the Brain’ is a trademarked therapy which has gained much recognition through studies undertaken with patients. It is recognised by the NHS as the most effective form of complementary therapy for this group and it works by stimulating, improving and maintaining the brain’s neurological pathways.

SingAbout sessions have a wider benefit to both carers and participants by providing group activity and encouraging social interaction. The sessions require group participation, and sometimes songs will be sung in rounds. Many of the songs require gentle hand actions or chair-based movements. Some are specifically chosen to invoke memories; some are previously unknown so participants are encouraged to memorise the words.

Caroline Ash, Project Manager at Independent Arts said, “We are really pleased to have the opportunity to feature in the Brilliant Britain programme, and demonstrate how brilliant our participants and volunteers are. We know how popular and valued SingAbout is to those that attend, and it is really exciting to share that with a wider audience.”

Other Island organisations due to feature in the programme include The Footprint Trust, Scarrots Lane Bakery, the Garlic Farm and IW Adventure Activities.

For more information about SingAbout and how you and get involved, please contact Caroline Ash, Project Manager at Independent Arts on 822437 or at [email protected]


April 2013: Creative Futures project seeks volunteers

Creative Futures is Independent Arts' volunteer-led project aiming to improve the quality of life for elderly people in residential care. Creative Futures delivers therapeutic arts sessions on a one-to-one basis to people in nursing and care homes. Creative Futures offers stimulating and engaging sessions across a wide range of activities which are personalised and tailor-made to the individual client's needs.

Independent Arts is looking for volunteers to deliver one-to-one creative engagement sessions with elderly residents in care homes across the Island.

More information here, including downloadable application pack.


March 2013: DanceMakers sessions in Newport and Freshwater

DancemakersDanceMakers is funded by the IW Council’s Adult Community Learning Fund, and initial sessions ran from April to July in Newport and Freshwater. We aim for it to resume in the autumn.

DanceMakers is a new project of its kind on the Isle of Wight, providing gentle exercise for older people, where participants can try new things and meet like-minded people. Unlike an exercise class, participants will work together as a team, mutually supporting each other within a safe and creative group environment.

DanceMakers will help to improve participants’ co-ordination, muscle strength, balance, breathing, memory and self-confidence. No experience is necessary as the sessions are suitable for all abilities.

DanceMakers sessions are facilitated by Michelle Hainsworth, who has previously worked with “Chance to Dance,” a Portsmouth-based dance company made up of both able bodied dancers and wheelchair users.

Sessions are completely free, and refreshments are provided.

Click here for details of times and venues.


January 2013: Independent Arts featured on Isle of Wight Radio

In January our project manager Caroline Ash talked with Isle of Wight Radio's Heather McCallum about Independent Arts' brand new project for 2013, Creative Futures, and how to volunteer. Listen here:

Our supporters in 2013 included:

  • Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Innovations funding (Creative Futures)
  • The Clothworkers Foundation (Creative Futures)
  • W.G. Edwards Charitable Foundation (Creative Futures)
  • Garfield Weston Foundation (SingAbout)
  • PJK Charitable Trust (SingAbout)
  • Daisie Rich Trust (SingAbout)
  • Jacqui Arnold (SingAbout)
  • Isle of Wight Council Adult Learning Grant Programme (DanceMakers)
  • The Henry Smith Charity (Core funding)
  • Dunhill Medical Trust (Core funding)
  • GKN Aerospace Employees Charity
  • Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival
  • Waitrose Community Fund
  • IW Community Action Awards