Arts for Dementia Warwickshire

Arts for Dementia Warwickshire

Arts for Dementia Warwickshire is a new arts programme for people living with dementia and their carers living in Warwickshire in the community, in In Patient wards and also in care homes. It has been commissioned by Warwickshire County Council. It will be varied programme for 1.5 years including singing, performance poetry, arts and crafts, dance/movement, storytelling and reminiscence therapy. Alongside this there will be some training for care staff as well.

The arts are proven to improve well-being, cognitive mental health and reduce isolation and loneliness. See our Impact studies on the Impact page. You do not need a diagnosis of dementia to attend. if you have any access needs please do let us know and we can see how we can help.

Community Programme October 2021-December 2022
Singing, Reminiscence, Storytelling
Leaflet is HERE

Transport information
If you do not drive or can’t get public transport then contact VASA the community transport organisation for Warwickshire and they can help.

Contact 07946 585978 for more information

Inside Stories 3

Inside Stories 3

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Inside Stories 3 is a series of 6 weeks arts workshops for people with mental health issues (anxiety, depression, low mood etc.) such as Script-Writing for Well Being, Well Being Choir, Song-Writing and Storytelling.

For more information contact Jenny Davis, Arts Uplift 07946 585978

To book go to and search for the start date

Well Being Choir- Thursdays 7.15-8.30pm 16 September to 21 October ONLINE
Join Claire Fowler at the well-being choir for 6 weeks and boost your mood and well-being as you sing to familiar songs together. This choir is suitable for beginners and you don’t need to be a brilliant singer just the willingness to have a go! There is lots of evidence that singing can help with low mood, anxiety and depression.

Leaflet HERE

Song-writing for Well Being Thursdays 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th November 2nd, 9th December 7-8.30pm
This 6 week course which will give you real insight into how to write songs from inception to the completed song.This will give you a platform to say what you want to say. It will be a journey of self discovery and enrichment through music and lyric making.

The sessions will be fun and rewarding serving as a great introduction to the art of song; to help you to create the best versions of the songs that speak through you. We will look at different examples of good songwriting from different artists in styles and genres. You will be assisted though simple exercises that look at lyric creation and musical connections. To learn and develop skills (sometimes without even realising) in a practical way.

By the end of week 6 you will have a complete song of your own (maybe more!).

What you will need –
A mobile phone or device that you can record ideas onto and bring to the class. (If you have a computer at home with some music software on it then that is great but not essential at this stage)
An openness to learning
Some musical experience is welcome but not essential

Learning outcomes
To cultivate more confidence and skill as a songwriter

How to get started. Inspiration and overcoming stumbling blocks. Creating from what we find, creating from what we plant.

To understand some standard song forms and understanding different sections of a song.

How to tell your story through song which will help with your mental health

An introduction to basic computer sequencing skills, how to layer tracks and choose suitable rhythms

How we perform and share our songs.

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

Course Tutors Professional Artist from Arts Uplift and support volunteer

Duration Six, 1½ hour sessions over consecutive weeks

ONLINE Storytelling for Well Being Thursdays 13,20,27 January 3,10,17 February 2022 7-8.30pm
In this short online course Holly will talk about the significance of stories in our society, before learning simple techniques for weaving our own tales. We will look at how we can use storytelling to reframe life events, build confidence, process our emotions around past life events and to connect with others. Slowly through the weeks we will build on our stories, developing new skills as we go. By the end of the course each participant will have learnt how to tell a compelling story that draws in an audience, as well as exploring ways we can perform our stories to others.

Learning outcomes

To understand and discuss the construction of stories as well as having a good understanding of the practice of storytelling.

To design your own story, have a good understanding of how a compelling story is structured and create some well developed and engaging characters.

They understand how storytelling techniques can be used to support your own wellbeing.

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

Course Tutors Professional Artist from Arts Uplift and support volunteer

Duration Six, 1½ hour sessions over consecutive weeks





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 during the Coronavirus Pandemic, thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council for those that are currently shielding and with a disability in Warwickshire, for children, young people and adults. Click HERE for the pdf version.

Click HERE for the Hand-Sewing for Mindfulness resources

Contact Jenny for a copy of the booklet 07946 585978

Love Music

Love Music

Love Music is our monthly music sessions running on the third Tuesday of the month from 2pm-3.15pm thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Bromsgrove District Council, Bromsgrove Lions and Baron Davenport Charity. It’s suitable for older people including people living with dementia. It runs from Bromsgrove Methodist Church and is £5 per couple. Carers are welcome also.

We have a variety of musicians that deliver the hour sessions from jazz, folk, drumming, classical and rock n’ roll. They are all professional musicians and perform regularly. The music will be mostly familiar to participants but sometimes it is also nice to hear a new piece of music.

The sessions are fun and relaxed and sometimes requests can also be taken. You can see some of the artists that regularly perform on the Love Music Lock Down Videos project tab on this website.

For more information about the dates and artists the leaflet is HERE 

To book contact Jenny 07946 585978


Inside Stories-Storytelling Activities Booklet

Inside Stories-Storytelling Activities Booklet

Graphic of Gavin Young by Michell Flint

Thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council we are able to offer the CEV group (Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) of people living through this global pandemic a FREE storytelling booklet that has six lessons in it from storyteller Gavin Young.

The following six stories have been placed here to be read at the end of each lesson in the INSIDE STORIES Storytelling Booklet. They can, of course, be read anytime you like, though each story builds on the theme in the lessons, enhancing what you get out of them. Enjoy!

Story 1

Story 2

Story 3

Story 4

Story 5

Click HERE for more storytelling resources

If you live in Warwickshire and are one of the clinically extremely vulnerable people please contact Jenny for the storytelling booklet 07946 585978