Independent Arts has more than 30 years' experience of providing creative activities to older people and community groups. Through our Workshops for Wellbeing programme, we offer a range of activities, which can be delivered to a variety of clients in both residential homes and community settings.
We work hard to provide trained, skilled and talented practitioners for our clients. All our practitioners are DBS checked and covered by Independent Arts' insurance.
We are constantly developing the selection of activities we can provide. Find out more through the links below.
Creating collaborative poetry with care home residents taps into memories and experience.
Here's a poem by Gina, Kay, Iris, Queenie and Joan at Victoria House from a Spring 2019 creative writing session led by IA practitioner Jason Watts:
“Spring, sweet spring”,
Springtime is a light time,
The beginning of better things,
A time of expectancy
Of lovely song,
Blackbird and robin,
Run, rabbit, run.
The tree stands outside my window,
Each day I watch it grow,
Now it is in full leaf,
“A young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love”
While sat content beneath.
I look forward and I remember
My own children all now grown,
Three were born in springtime, they were happier,
Like all the little lambs and chick chick chickens
Laying little eggs for me,
In this bright time of expectancy.
These ballerinas were made by residents at Cornelia Manor and were part of a series of StoryBox workshops themed around Stravinsky’s ballet, The Firebird. Residents really loved the story and the musical score too. They staged a little performance with the puppets for all the residents on Wednesday 13th March 2019!
A Soundbeam session enables people with even the most limited movement to create sound and music.
"I think my best Practitioner experience was seeing an elderly gentleman who had severe dementia and only felt safe with a blanket over his head, gradually emerge from hiding and start singing with me."
Margaret Jones, music practitioner
Our practitioners deliver over 2000 activities sessions per year (40+ per week) to residential homes and other centres on the Isle of Wight.
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An exhibition of paintings created by residents at Hartford Care (Highfield Nursing Home in Ryde and Springfield Nursing Home in Shanklin) is on display at Highfield (March 2019). Titled "Impressions – Studies on colour and light" it brings together work from Independent Arts workshops in both nursing homes, taking inspiration from the work of famous artists such as Matisse.
Our 2017 exhibition matched poetry from our Magic Doors creative writing workshops in care homes with beautiful images.