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Artist in Residence in Care Settings – A LIFE OF WORK in story, song and dance

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Kildare

Programme: Kildare

WHO Theme: Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Positive Mental And Emotional Health, Switching Off And Being Creative

Funding Stream: Community Resilience Fund Covid

Resources Required: Financial, Volunteer or staff of Cliffrun Media who supply the Acorn tablets to give one to one lessons as to how to us the Acorn tablets

Cost: 1000-5000


The project is work with the older people who frequent the Naas Day Care Centre in or to co-design and deliver a series of online dance and arts based activities, through which to enable participants to engage, explore and respond to the theme of work – leading to a celebration of personal work related experiences in story, song and dance. The ethos of this project is to support greater and higher quality access to the arts for older and more isolated people in Ireland. It sets out to create further information on how the arts can become more embedded in the culture of care settings in Ireland.It is being delivered by Age & Opportunity and titled “Creative hubs of arts & creative excellence. It is being delivered online through the Naas Day Care Centre and is being supported by the Kildare Age Friendly Programme who have sourced funding for 10 Acorn Tablets through the Community Resilience Fund in order to increase the possibility of the participants having the best possible chance of truly benefitting from the experience.

Aim of Initiative

The older people who attend the Naas Day Care Centre.

Who is it aimed at

The older people who attend the Naas Day Care Centre.

Steps critical to success

  1. Advertising this project in such as way that the older people who attend the Naas Day Care Centre will wish to attend
  2. To outline the project in clear and simple terms in order to inform the participants as to what their commitment to this project would involve
  3. Allay any fears that the older people may have in relation to their capacity to become involved

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. To get buy in from the service users and staff of the Day Care Centre
  2. To be flexible in relation to the delivery of the project if it doesn’t go according to plan
  3. The capacity of the group’s IT skills prohibit their participation

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. That the older people who attend the Day Care Centre get to re-connect with each other
  2. That the older people enjoy both in the participation and outcome of the project
  3. That this project kick-starts the process of embedding cultural and artistic endeavours in the care settings

Evaluation / Report:
Ongoing project - evaluation report not available at this time

Siobhan O'Rourke, Kildare Age Friendly Programme,