Creativity In Care

Date published: 5 Feb 2013

Posted by: Joe Pick

Artist shows work to older person

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The Creativity in Care programme aims to explore creative and sus­tainable approaches to promote the well-being outcomes of older people in residential care.  Projects seek to develop sustainable oppor­tunities for older people to support their physical, social and emo­tional needs within the environment of the care home and the wider community.

City Arts’ 35-year history has given the organisation a deep under­standing of the important role that creativity plays in an individual’s sense of place and value in society.  Over the last three years City Arts has been working in partnership with care homes and Nottingham­shire County Council to produce several practical toolkits to support care homes to embed creative expression and participation within their care provision.  Download copies of these toolkits from the publications section of our website.

The Creativity in Care programme is currently piloting a number of different approaches:

Artist Residencies

In 2012 Rebecca Beinart worked as artist in residence with staff and residents at Eastgate Care Homes at Alexandra House in Eastwood. Together they made a number of creative items celebrating and sharing the residents’ knowledge and experience, including an historic map of Eastwood, a home remedy recipe book and a number of radio recordings.

Creative Mentoring

Rebecca is currently providing support to activity staff from a further four homes in the County through a creative mentoring project to help staff plan, devise and evaluate creative activity in their settings.


The programme also provides a number of free training days open to care staff in the County to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in using the arts to improve wellbeing for residents in care.


For more information about this work please contact Kate Duncan our Creative Programme Manager: or Tel: 0115 9782463

Creativity in Care is part of a programme delivered by City Arts with funding from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Arts Service.