Creative Futures is a volunteer-led project aiming to improve the quality of life for elderly people living in residential care. Our volunteers use their skills to offer stimulating and engaging one-to-one creative sessions which are personalised and tailor-made to the individual client's needs.
Independent Arts currently works in care homes across the Isle of Wight delivering the Workshops for Wellbeing programme which provides residents with group activities such as art, music, reminiscence and movement. However, a proportion of residents are unable to access these sessions due to mobility and other issues. They are unable or choose not to engage in group activities, and have conditions which necessitate tailored, individual therapies.
Independent Arts recruits volunteers from across the Island to undertake a training programme and then deliver one-to-one creative sessions.
This project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Big Lottery via Age Friendly Island.
Participants for Independent Arts' funded Creative Futures sessions are referred by the care homes, but if you know of someone residing in a nursing home who you think might benefit from this project, please do contact us.
Creative Futures trains volunteers to deliver creative sessions to the most isolated individuals in care homes. If you would like to volunteer for this project please contact us.
A pilot project of Creative Futures was delivered by Independent Arts in 2013.
During the course of the year 34 volunteers delivered 962 one-to-one sessions to 49 isolated care home residents on the Isle of Wight who were aged between 58 and 101 years. Read about it here.
"We have had a lovely report from one of our Creative Futures partnerships. The volunteer and mentor took a small keyboard to their client, who has a musical background. The client played for the first time in many years including songs from The Sound of Music and playing along to Chopin."