Ageing Well- Arts and Crafts Southam

Ageing Well- Arts and Crafts Southam


Arts and Crafts with Jess and Aish for over 65s

Take part in a range of carefully crafted mindful sessions with patient support and guidance.

– Canvas painting  with acrylic- landscape
– canvas bag  design with fabric pens , garden themed
– exploring colour, marbling and colour blending – linked to fashion
– printing linked to food and cooking
– Glass painting and staining glass collage
– Toys and games collage
– card making and print blocks – celebrations

Suitable for all abilities and people living with Dementia, Parkinsons or other disabilities. Carers welcome to come and support. Refreshments provided.

Improve physical and mental well-being including hand and eye co-ordination and dexterity
Connect with new like-minded people
Learn new skills
Re-ignite old passions/hobbies
Reduce loneliness
Reduce cognitive decline
improved confidence

Quotes from past participants

“The atmophere was lovely and we were made to feel welcome. Jess was a good teacher and everybody was friendly. We liked meeting people that were going through the same journey”

“I haven’t seen my mother that engaged or animated in ages – it was lovely to see.”

“This course has been a life saver”

Booking essential 07946 585978 

Ageing Well! Movement to Music Kenilworth

Ageing Well! Movement to Music Kenilworth

Join us for some gentle movement to familiar music with colourful props thanks to funding from Kenilworth Town Council and Kenilworth Lions!

Movement to Music is a series of workshops for over 65s which aims to improve your mental and physical wellbeing through gentle movement to familiar music.

Sessions include 1 hour of movement and half an hour of social time, so this will also be a great opportunity to meet new friends. Refreshments are also included.

At Kenilworth Library, at the back of the building.

Fridays 10.45am to 12.15pm


For All Abilities (can be done seated)

Bookings + More Information: / 07946 585978

Leaflet HERE 

Get Inspired!

Get Inspired!

Training for Activity Co-Ordinators and people working in care with older people and people living with dementia in delivering amazing arts and crafts, singing, movement to music and creative writing sessions.

The next training will be in singing with Armonico Consort on 18th of March at Leycester House Care Home in Warwick, costs £74 per person. Tickets are non-refundable.


Inside Stories 5

Inside Stories 5

Thanks to funding from the Innovation Fund and the Community Mental Health Transformation, The National Lottery Community Fund and the William A Cadbury Charitable Trust we are working in partnership with the Recovery and Well-Being Academy to deliver Inside Stories 5 from March to December 2024.. These are weekly evening workshops and monthly online sessions for people to looking to find ways of improving their mental well-being. Suitable for people with low mood and low to moderate mental health issues. We are offering:


Introduction to Song-writing for Wellbeing on Zoom! Thursdays 13 June and 4 July! 7-8.30pm. See below for learning outcomes. We will not be able to complete a whole song in 2 sessions but you will get a flavour of this. Bookings through

Thursdays 7-8.30pm from 7 March for 10 weeks at The Benn Partnership, Railway Terrace, Rugby, CV21 3HR (no session 4 April) COURSE COMPLETE
Song Writing for Well-Being is part of our Inside Stories programme. It is a series of 10 weeks of free song-writing workshops with an experienced musician Martin Riley for people looking to find coping strategies and improve mental well-being. In a small group learn how to express your feelings and thoughts through the creation of a song with others and have it recorded for you to keep and share. You can be musical or not it doesn’t matter as no experience is necessary.

Thursdays 7-8.30pm 13 June and 4 July online through Zoom
An introduction to song-writing. Find out about song-writing in preparation for our 10 week in person course next year in Rugby.

 Learning Outcomes:

-To understand and discuss the construction of songs as well as having a good understanding of the practice of song-writing

-To contribute to the creation of a song of your choice, either through the lyrics and/or the music and have a good understanding of how a compelling song is structured

-To understand how song-writing techniques can be used to support your own wellbeing

-An introduction to basic computer sequencing skills, how to layer tracks and choose suitable rhythms
-How we perform and share our songs

-To meet new people and have peer to peer support

Aimed at:

This course is aimed at anyone looking to find creative coping strategies that can improve mental wellbeing.

Course tutors: Martin Riley and an Arts Uplift volunteer (plus guest tutors)

Previous songs from Create to Motivate are HERE

Previous Inside Stories 4 songs:

Good Will to All:

Give Again Today:



Mondays 13 May to 22nd July 2024 online Zoom 7-8.30pm.

Creative Writing for Well-Being is part of our Inside Stories programme. It is a series of 10 weeks of free creative writing workshops with an experienced creative writing facilitator for people looking to find coping strategies and improve mental well-being.

This creative writing group, led by writer and theatre maker Tristan Jackson-Pate will focus on the ways we craft stories, in a relaxed online group setting. Participants can access the exercises in a variety of ways and enjoy the support of the group as they develop their ideas.

Though sessions will primarily look at dramatic writing for theatre or film, the exercises and discussions had will be relevant to all forms of storytelling, whether you want to write a novel, or a poetry collection. We will cover:

  • Where stories come from
  • Story structure
  • Character creation
  • Finding the meaning
  • Exploring form
  • Plotting
  • Redrafting

And of course, how not to become blocked in your creativity! The aim is to provide chances to learn, create, and collaborate, in an inclusive, no pressure environment.

There will be the opportunity to write and read out your work (if you want to) in a friendly and supportive environment. No prior skills needed. Just bring something to write with and something to write on. After 10 weeks your work will form part of a writing e-book if you want to be included.

Funded by The National Lottery and William A Cadbury Trust.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a better understanding about how creative writing can benefit your well-being.
  • Feel more confident about creative writing and learn different techniques that can be used to improve your well-being
  • To meet new people and have peer to peer support

Aimed at: ​This course is aimed at anyone looking to find creative coping strategies that can improve mental wellbeing through creative writing.

Course tutorsTristan Jackson-Pate and an Arts Uplift volunteer

 Duration: ​ 10 x 1.5hr sessions over consecutive weeks (apart from 27 May bank holiday). Mondays 7pm to 8.30pm 13,20 May 3,10,17,24 June 1,8,15, 22 July 2024 Online through Zoom

Previous creative writing from past courses are HERE


For more information contact Jenny 07946 585978 or book at The Recovery and Wellbeing Academy by clicking HER

Singing for Well-Being

Autumn 2024- Tuesdays 7-8.30pm Brunswick Hub,, Leamington Spa with Claire Fowler. More information to follow soon!


Rewind 1970’s-capturing a generation through the arts

Rewind 1970’s-capturing a generation through the arts

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Postcode Local Trust and Barchester Charitable Foundation  Arts Uplift and Sonrisa Arts have joined together in an exciting project called ‘Rewind: 1970’s’: capturing a generation through the arts’, a community arts and heritage project in Coventry and Warwickshire.

We have been delivering 6 fun workshops in care homes, dementia cafes and older people’s friendship groups across Coventry and Warwickshire where we used creative dance, movement, music, reminiscence and popular culture from the 1970’s to inspire the participants to tell their personal stories and memories of growing up in the 1970’s. We have then created a dementia friendly scrap book from the memories which is printed and is available in various libraries across Coventry and Warwickshire and also available online HERE Read our evaluation report HERE

In phase 2 we created a fantastic dance and music show based on these memories and the memories of others groups stories which we performed to the groups that participated with 3 professional artists.

Tuesday 26 September 10.30 am Ettington Lodge 3pm Cedar Lodge care home
Wednesday 27 September 11am Meadow View care home 3pm Galanos House

Tuesday 3 October 10.30am Canley Age Uk Friendship Group 2.30pm Moat House Community Trust Tea&Chat
Wednesday 4 October 10.30am Cubbington Mill care home 3pm Holy Trinity Church, Nuneaton

Rewind: 1970’s

Dust off your flares and platform boots!

Rewind:1970’s, is inspired by real stories and memories of local Coventry and Warwickshire residents who lived through the 1970’s.  All woven into a highly entertaining dance and music show celebrating the best and the worst of the decade. 

What did you do when school was out for summer? Were you a dancing queen regular at The Locarno? An Angel Delight or a fruit and nutcase?
Rewind:1970’s gives more than a nod to the hit parade, disco dancing to YMCA, glamming it up to Get it On, punk rebellion to I fought the law and many more…..
Aimed at older adults, this fun interactive show will take you back to re-live your youth… 
Rewind: 1970’s Creative Team
Movement Director: Kath Kimber-McTiffen
Musical Director, song arrangements & composer: Anthony Kimber-McTiffen
Set & Costume Design: Kirsty Harris
Creative Producer: Jenny Davis
Performers: Katie Albon, Anthony Kimber-McTiffen, Kath Kimber-McTiffen
See the trailer HERE 

Navigating Margaret- The Tour

Navigating Margaret- The Tour

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England and the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Fund, amongst others, we will be doing an R&D on Navigating Margaret this summer with a plan to tour it next Autumn 2025!

Based on real-life stories gathered from Arts Uplift’s successful Suitcase Stories project in partnership with Museums Worcestershire, Navigating Margaret, is an exciting, diverse and high quality theatre production about a Worcestershire woman’s journey living with Alzheimers dementia and how it affects her family. Margaret was one of the first women to fly an aeroplane in Worcestershire and we also look back at her life from the 60s to the present day as her story unfolds. The play weaves text and movement with a fairy-tale feel to it mixing the real and abstract. Four diverse professional actors will help to tell the incredible stories and raise much needed awareness and education about dementia (1 in 14 adults over 65 years have dementia).

Audiences said
“It was exceptional- everyone should see it! I laughed and cried. The humility and tender representation was mind-blowing.”
“Great acting and excellently thought through script/lighting/music etc”
“It needs to go on tour”
“It was charming and poignant and so beautifully detailed, real emotional lift. Thank you”
“Thank you for sharing, it was so lovely and really touched my heart on the impact of dementia.”
“So pleased to give an outstanding review of Navigating Margaret by @arts_uplift Fingers crossed we haven’t seen the end of this creative, emotional and heart-warming production”

The original production was performed at Malvern Cube in Worcestershire with a cast of professional and community actors for 3 shows ONLY, Friday 24 and 2 shows on Saturday 25 March (relaxed performance 2pm) 2023. Written and directed by Helen Tennison, an International Director, the show beautifully brings to the stage the rich stories collected from Worcestershire residents, living with dementia and their carers. See PAST PROJECTS for more information about the Malvern show.

Below are some photos of the show by Keiko Ikeuchi.

Writer/Director Helen Tennison
Design by Zahra Mansouri
Sound by Matt Eaton
Lighting design by Dan Parry
Producer Arts Uplift Jenny Davis

Link to the film of the 2023 theatre show HERE

Link to the latest trailer HERE

We are looking to re-write the script and develop the show in Coventry and Warwickshire with 4 actors in the summer of  2024 and then tour it in Autumn 2025 across the Midlands/Oxfordhsire. So get in touch if you are a venue, want to donate or want to work in partnership! 07946 585978

In the meantime we are casting for 1 male actor (late 30s/40s) and 1 female actor (40s) of South Asian heritage. Click HERE  for the full professional actor call out. Deadline is 4 June and Zoom auditions are 6 June afternoon.



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