"Both our worlds were shrinking – this is the only place we can feel at home in a social group."

Ventnor SingAbout participant


"I am a volunteer and get so much from SingAbout. It's a joyous thing."

C, Volunteer


"This project is wonderful. I have made so many friends here. My breathing seems so much better and if I come to a session miserable I go home feeling happy."

Singing for Breathing participant


"Just a simple one hour a week of singing has helped me escape. You're doing wonders here. Don't ever stop what you're doing."

Stroke rehabilitation patient, five weeks in hospital, after participating in Independent Arts' Singing for Recovery sessions.


"I was overjoyed to connect with my cousin today – it was lovely to be able to see her via the iPad!"

Creative Café participant


"Last week's art and craft session was so inspiring that when I arrived home I got all my paints out and worked on an autumn scene on canvas. It's the first time I've wanted to paint since my husband passed away two years ago."

Creative Café participant


"I have had the most amazing feedback from our residents, family members and staff. The residents said that it was very enjoyable and very interesting. One resident has started writing again after a very long time. We have all taken parts of this experience and are continuing to use it with our residents on a daily basis.

"We have implemented a poem box for all three of our units where residents, staff and visitors can read either together or by themselves. The interest is unbelievable."

Orchard House's activities coordinator on Independent Arts' poetry project.


“We have found the whole experience with Independent Arts hugely worthwhile for our clients. Both the Reminiscence and Music Therapy activity make a massive impact during the sessions, and it is a positive experience for everyone involved."

Manager, Autumn House

"Since coming to Independent Arts I've learnt to write my name again."

Participant, Therapeutic Arts Project

“I don’t have dementia but it’s helping a great deal with depression following cancer treatment.”

Participant, SingAbout

“You have got me for life!”

Participant, SingAbout

"In town I have to walk with a trolley to feel stable. Here, I've been given the confidence to dance again."

Participant, DanceMakers




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