Event Programme

09.00 – 09.40 Registration

09.40 – 09.45 Chair`s Welcome Chair: Theresa Ellmers, Journal of Dementia Care

09.45 – 10.05 Welcome to the day! Bow Tie Choir, Galanos House, Royal British Legion care home, Warwickshire 

10.05 – 11.05 PLENARY SESSION 

10.05 -10.35 Understanding dementia through the arts Sebastian Crutch, Professor of Neuropsychology, Dementia Research Centre, Institute of Neurology, UCL

10.35 – 11.05 Live Music in Care Douglas Noble, Strategic Director, Wellbeing, Live Music Now

11.05-11.30 Refreshments + Exhibition Viewing


Parallel Session 1

Panel Discussion 

Each panellist will give a 10 minute presentation about the arts in care homes from the perspective of NAPA, a new model of care through arts (CIC), an arts provider (Creative Arts), a music therapist from  MHA, a training provider (CDAN) and an evaluator of arts projects in care homes.

> How do we embed arts and activities in care homes? Chair

> Supporting Activities Organisers in care homes for people with dementia Sylvie Silver, Executive Director, NAPA

> Promoting arts and creativity in a care home for people living with dementia Phil Benson, Dementia Project Manager, Community Integrated Care 

> My journey with Creative Minds James Cropper, Founder & Director, Creative Minds

> A Music Therapy service run by a major care provider Vicky Turner, Music Therapist, MHA

> What do evaluations of arts programmes in residential care tell us about embedding arts in care homes? Alan Dix, Director, 509 Arts

Parallel Session 2 (two 45 minute presentations)

Workshop 1 – Music Chair: Grace Meadows

Making Musical Bridges – bringing the young and old together in intergenerational music projects Charlotte Miller, Director, Intergenerational Music Making, IMM

Music for Dementia 2020 – making music accessible for everyone living with dementia Grace Meadows, Programme Director, Music for Dementia 2020, The Utley Foundation 

Parallel Session 3 (two 45 minute presentations)

Workshop 2 – Dance Chair: Dr Richard Coaten

Embodied memory Dr Richard Coaten, Dance Movement Psychotherapist (DMP), South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Dance in hospitals Angela Conlan, Artist in Residence / Arts Co-Ordinator, Oxford Health Foundation Trust & Paula Har, Oxford Health FT

Parallel Session 4 (two 45 minute presentations)

Workshop 3 – Performance arts: drama, health and wellbeing Chair: Kate Wilkinson, Creative Dementia Arts Network

Listening with your Eyes Rachael Savage, Artistic Director and Founder of Vamos Theatre

Opera for health and wellbeing in dementia Camilla Vickers, Founder, HealthPitch & Francesca Lanza, Soprano, HealthPitch


14:00-14:05 CHAIR’S WELCOME BACK Chair: Elizabeth Mills OBE, Chair, Creative Dementia Arts Network

14.05-14.45 PLENARY SESSION 

14:05-14:20 What Dementia Teaches us about Love ( Nicci Gerrard, Novelist, journalist and campaigner (John’s campaign), Patron of CDAN 

14:20-14:45 Arts and Health Victoria Hume, Director, Culture Health and Well Being Alliance 


Parallel Session 1

Panel Discussion

Each panellist will give a 10 minute presentation about engaging people with dementia in arts in the community from the perspective of arts and music providers and the NHS with 30 minutes of questions and an audience discussion with the panel.

> Social Prescription of arts and dementia Chair: Victoria Hume, Culture Health and Well Being Alliance

> Sustaining and expanding holistic Social Prescribing practice Dr Richard Kimberlee, Public Health Economics, Senior Research Fellow, University West of England, Bristol – NHSE (South West) Social Prescribing Regional Facilitator

Music for Dementia 2020 – making music accessible for everyone living with dementia Grace Meadows, Programme Director, Music for Dementia 2020, The Utley Foundation 

> Getting Creative Kate Parkin, Creative Age Programme Manager, Equal Arts, Newcastle City Library & Katherine Hay, Psychiatrist, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

> Arts Council England and Social Prescribing Alison Foote, Relationship Manager, Engagement and Audiences, Arts Council England 

Parallel Session 2 (two 45 minute presentations)

Workshop 4 – Community arts and music with people with dementia Chair: Helen Fountain, CDAN

Turtle Song – musical composition for people with dementia and their carers Clare Coaché, Director and Richard Barnard, Composer, Turtle Key Arts, English Touring Opera and Royal College of Music

Building Community Memories Through Reminiscence Malcolm Jones, Arts & Education Coordinator, Age Exchange

Parallel Session 3 (two 45 minute presentations)

Workshop 5- Reading and writing with people with dementia Chair: Nicci Gerrard, Patron of CDAN 

Facilitating Read Aloud Poetry Workshops with those living with dementia Nichola Charalambou, Creative Writing & Poetry Reading Facilitator, Creative Writes

Reading Groups: Benefits and How to Run Them John Killick, Writer, Dementia Positive

Parallel Session 4

Workshop 6- Arts, music and technology for people living with dementia  Chair: Charlotte Miller, International Music Making, IMM

Armchair Gallery: digital journeys into arts venues (without leaving your chair) Kate Duncan, Programme Director – Wellbeing, City Arts, Nottingham 

Why Playlist for Life works Rebecca Kennedy, Communities Officer, Playlist for Life

16.15 CLOSE

After the conference, NAPA and CDAN invite delegates to join round tables to find out more about NAPA and CDAN, and how they support arts and activities for people with dementia. All those working in care homes, involved or interested in the arts are welcome.

*Please note, this is not a final programme. The organisers reserve the right to make changes to the programme, speakers and etc should this become necessary.  For more information, please read our Terms & Conditions.

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