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Ways that care providers have used the arts to keep connected during Covid-19

Arts in Care Homes, an initiative by the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), announces the National Day of Arts in Care Homes on 24 September 2020, and this year’s theme #CreativeCommunities.

Join us in celebrating the contribution the arts and creativity play in enhancing the quality of life for people living in care homes. We are also celebrating the carers, activity specialists and community partners who make it possible. We are inviting care providers to share stories about arts and creative activities and, where there is capacity, to plan and deliver events on 24 September. We are especially interested to hear how arts activities have connected people, and how they have been developed and adapted during Lockdown.
Across the UK and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had such a devastating impact on the care home community, we are aware care workers and activity specialists have continued to run creative and cultural programmes with their residents. As lockdown eases, we want to share the wonderful work that has been taking place and ensure that care home residents and staff are not forgotten.

“Creative participation can contribute to a longer, happier, healthier life. It can help to amplify the voices of older people and enhance their contribution to society. It can help to overcome negative stereotypes and reduce our fear of ageing.”
Older and Wiser? Creative Aging in the UK 2010 – 2019*

“We know how badly Covid-19 has affected those who live and work in care homes. The National Day of Arts In Care Homes provides us with an ideal opportunity to share examples of how the arts have enabled us to stay connected with loved ones and members of our local communities.. We look forward to hearing your stories and we thank you for all your creative interactions.”
Hilary Woodhead, NAPA Executive Director

To join in
We invite you to organise an event and/or share your stories with us on Twitter @Artsincarehomes using the hashtags #AICH2020 #CreativeCommunities. Please visit our website to register an event and for further information – Click here               Click here to read the full press release