Arts@Heart Project Arts at the Heart of Wellbeing

Arts at the HeART of Wellbeing is a project which started in 2008 in partnership with Derbyshire Primary Care Trust. It has been  funded  jointly by  Derbyshire Primary Care Trust and Erewash Borough Council.

The project offers older people including people living with dementia, arts based activities with a professional artist in a range of settings. This can be in a group, a residential home or independent living schemes or 1:1 sessions in their own home. The participants receive up to 8 weekly sessions  learning new  or re igniting old skills.

Arts@Heart ProjectThe Arts at The  HeART groups have  created art work by painting, felting, knitting with a peg loom, embroidery, pottery and many other  mediums. The projects have all  been successful in  increasing  the participant's wellbeing:  their  interest in other people, their social interaction and self confidence.

We continue to run the Arts at the HeART project which now includes training for artists and care staff . We are  currently delivering the programme to people receiving care for dementia and their carers, in addition to people in housebound, supported and residential housing settings.

 What participants say:

Photo of hands drawing leaves"We found the project inspiring, interesting and very enjoyable. It was great to have access to different materials and crafts, and we surprised ourselves with the things we produced. Great! Tremendous! Uplifting."

"We’re never too old to learn something new"

"Doing this this morning, has made me feel better today"




Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP
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