In addition to the Positive Ageing Research Institute (PARI), our colleagues here at Anglia Ruskin University are leading on exciting and diverse projects in the area of ageing and inclusive communities.
Here, we shine a light on some of these projects:
The Dementia Friend’s programme, led by the Alzheimer’s Society’s, is an initiative which aims to change people’s perceptions of dementia, transforming how we think and talk about dementia, and promoting the inclusion of people with dementia and their families into our communities.
Dr Julie Teatheredge has been working since 2016 on creating a dementia-friendly environment at our Chelmsford campus, using the Dementia Friends programme to train staff and improve understanding of dementia. As a part of this initiative a sensory garden has been developed, which local people with dementia and their caregivers are encouraged to visit and enjoy. This work continues with the support of the local Alzheimer's Society.
The next ambition for this ongoing work is to join the Local Dementia Action Alliance.
To find out more about how we're engaging with the Dementia Friends programme, contact Dr Julie Teatheredge: email@example.com.
To find out more about the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friend’s programme visit https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/.
The role of participatory arts in promoting social relationships for older people in care homes
Creative Journeys was a two-year research project funded by the Arts Council England Research Grants Programme 2016-18. It aimed to explore the role of participatory arts in care homes for promoting the social relationships between the residents, between residents and care home staff, and between care homes and the wider community.
The research was led by a partnership between Essex County Council Culture and Community Engagement team and the Anglia Ruskin University research team comprising of Dr Hilary Bungay (Co-Principal Investigator), Prof Carol Munn-Giddings (Co-Principal Investigator), Dr Ceri Wilson (Senior Research Fellow), and Anna Dadswell (Research Fellow). It was supported by the Older People’s Research Group, Essex (OPRGE), an independent group that has been trained by the Participatory Research Group in our Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care to undertake research, and which provides support and consultancy for research from the perspective of older people.
The full report and executive summary are available online:
To find out more about this project, contact Professor Carol Munn-Giddings: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The image on this page shows audience members at an orchestral performance given by Creative Journeys.
Developing relationships between artists and care home staff to deliver creative arts in care homes
ARCHE is led by arts organisation Magic Me and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The programme involves artists from Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; Fevered Sleep; Gecko; and curious directive. Organisations are paired with four care homes in Essex run by Excel Care to bring their creative practice into this new setting and work with care home residents and staff as co-creators and collaborators.
Dr Hilary Bungay (Co-Principal Investigator), Prof Carol Munn-Giddings (Co-Principal Investigator), Dr Ceri Wilson (Senior Research Fellow), and Anna Dadswell (Research Fellow) from the Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care at Anglia Ruskin University will be working with Magic Me to evaluate the ARCHE programme. The evaluation will explore the collaboration between artists and care home staff and the challenges and enablers of introducing creative arts experiences into the care home. This is to identify best practice for artists in residencies and develop a toolkit to support the future work of artists in care homes.
For more information on this project please contact Professor Carol Munn-Giddings: email@example.com.