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.


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Inside Stories 4

Inside Stories 4

Thanks to funding from the Innovation Fund and the Community Mental Health Transformation we are working in partnership with the Recovery and Well-Being Academy to deliver Inside Stories 4 from October 2023-February 2024. Programme. These are weekly evening workshops 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.

Songwriting for Well-Being 

Thursdays 7-8.30pm from 5 October at The Benn Partnership, Rugby

Singing for Well-Being

Tuesdays 7-8.30pm from 17 October at Brunswick Hub, Leamington Spa

Creative Writing for Well-Being

Mondays 7-8.30pm from 20 November online Zoom.

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.

Steve Wilson from Crave Arts will lead the Creative Writing Workshops. He is an experienced and empathetic tutor who will work with you on trying out different writing styles from poetry, storytelling, dialogue to journalism. Each session will begin with a gentle writing exercise before examples of inspiring work will be read out and discussed. 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 you’re work will form part of a writing e-zine.

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

Duration: ​ 10 x 1.5hr sessions. Mondays 7pm to 8.30pm 20,27 November 4,11,18 December 2023  8,15,22,29 January 5 February 2024 Online through Zoom

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

Bridging The Gap- Kenilworth

Bridging The Gap- Kenilworth

Free Movement, Music and Memories sessions in Kenilworth for older people with memory issues and their loved ones and wellbeing young people’s arts activities

Get your creative juices flowing…..…..Arts Uplift are bringing a brand new intergenerational FREE arts project to Kenilworth starting in July thanks to funding from Comic Relief, Warwick District Council and Kenilworth Town Council.

First to get going is the older people’s Movement to Music sessions which involves simple stretching exercises to catchy well known songs and music, gently guided by experienced dancer Kath Kimber-McTiffen, with plenty of time for tea and chat.  Participants do not need a diagnosis to take part, and those with limited mobility can remain seated if they prefer.  Suitable for all abilities and no experience required!

“Kath is brilliant. She chose a great range of songs and made us feel so welcome. Before we knew it we were all joining in. It was great fun.”

Dates and times: Fridays from 11.00am – 12.30pm

Place: Kenilworth Library, 11 Smalley Place, Kenilworth CV8 1QG

As well as being a lot of fun, participation in the arts can support mental well-being, improve brain function and physical coordination, as well as being a great way to make friends. Come and join us! 

Young People’s group 

We are working with refugee families from Kenilworth on a visual arts and crafts project with Sioda from Earthbound at the Kenilworth Centre.

The older and young people will meet and exchange stories about their lives and those stories will be turned into wonderful artworks to be performed and showcased later in the year.

For further information and bookings 

Contact Jenny Davis 


Tel: 07946 585978       


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

Navigating Margaret- The Tour

Navigating Margaret- The Tour

Based on real-life stories gathered from our successful Suitcase Stories project in partnership with Museums Worcestershire, Navigating Margaret, is an exciting theatre production using naturalistic and physical theatre about a Worcestershire woman’s journey living with dementia.

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.

Here are some photos of the show by Keiko Ikeuchi.

Design by Zahra Mansouri
Sound by Matt Eaton
Lighting design by Dan Parry
Producer Arts Uplift Jenny Davis

Link to the film of the theatre show HERE

We are looking to tour the show in 2024 so get in touch if you are a venue, want to donate or want to work in partnership! 07946 585978

Link to the trailer HERE



The Mindfully Creative Programme

The Mindfully Creative Programme

The Mindfully Creative Programme

Stay Calm and Connected and get Creative – from Home!

Are you anxious, fearful or feeling low about all the uncertainty at this time? Would you like to improve your mental health, build resilience and become more creative?

Use your imagination and your smartphone or camera to explore creative ways of seeing and experiencing what is happening around you and improve your mental health and resilience at the same time.

This booklet offers a selection of arts activities to be done mindfully to help improve your mental well-being, including a 7 day Re-frame Your Now Mindful Photography taster by Ruth Davey from Look Again and video links to music, visual arts and crafts activities for you to do at home.

The activities will help you:

  1. slow down your mind and stay calm
  1. deal with some of the fear and anxiety you may be feeling
  1. build resilience and become more adaptable
  1. create your personal photo story, music or artwork
  1. take positive action

All you need is your eyes, a smartphone or camera, simple art materials and an open mind.

This is a FREE resource for you to use thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council for children, young people and adults. Click HERE for the pdf version.

Click HERE for the Hand-Sewing for Mindfulness resources

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