Loudwater Studio is a great place to get creative and we have loads of different activities to offer. Creative activities are fantastic for everyone and can make a major contribution to key health issues; and engagement in the arts can lead to improvements in health. A recent study revealed that people who participate in arts and crafts based activities can experience a reduced risk of developing Mild Cognitive Impairment and it can have a significant impact on those already suffering with dementia.
We are aware that it's not always possible for the elderly, particularly those already living in care and nursing homes to come to us so we'd like to help by taking Loudwater on tour. The aim of the project will be to build connections with local care organisations and provide a weekly creative activity for groups of residents within their care. Activities will be varied and run on a rolling programme to as many care organisations as we can reach out to. Staff are happy to support people of all needs to get creative and we're hopeful that the groups will also provide an opportunity for family members visiting residents to get involved if they wish.
Creative group working is a fantastic way to build social engagement and well-being and is not just about the physical but the physocological factors too. We know that pressure is immense in care and nursing homes and there's not always time or funding for staff to dedicate time to creative pursuits and we're hoping by providing this ourselves we can help not only the well-being and mindfulness of residents but staff too.
Everyone smiles when they've made something themselves, help us provide those smiles.