ArtBeat is a year-long programme of creative wellbeing workshops in care settings and in the homes of housebound individuals.
We are providing an outreach creative programme across 7 Districts across North Yorkshire. We are running monthly art workshops in 10 Care Homes and every month we visit 5 individuals per district in their own homes.
In care homes, we run workshops in all areas of visual arts including ceramics, felting, mosaics, drawing and painting as well as musical and sensory activities. The programme is devised in conjunction with the participants in order to provide a range of opportunities to try new arts and crafts and develop their creative skills.
Since we started the project in August 2023 we have facilitated over 140 workshops providing art activities for over 150 individual participants.
The project has been very well received. There has been extremely positive feedback from care home residents “I love learning something new each time you visit” and care home managers “It is great seeing the residents coming together and laughing and enjoying themselves”
The 1 to 1 sessions are for rurally and/or socially isolated older people who are housebound and therefore do not have the opportunity to join in community-based art activities. We provide tailored art sessions based on individual needs and interests. These include revisiting art activities they have done in the past or trying something completely new.
The project aims to develop opportunities for social activities; reducing loneliness and increasing well-being as well as developing creative skills.
Jane Wilson (Hambleton, Ryedale, Selby & Skipton)
Claire Ford (Hambleton, Scarborough, Richmondshire & Harrogate)