Pioneer Projects ( Celebratory Arts ) Ltd

Pioneer Projects promotes the use of arts and celebration to impact positively on the health of individuals and communities. Pioneer Projects Arts and Dementia Programme includes high quality and carefully managed artist led activities to improve the lives of people living with dementia, their carers and families. The organisations ethos and working practices are based on the evidence that health and creativity are connected.

23 January 2017
Yorkshire and Humber
Arts, Health
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Settle Dementia Action Alliance, Skipton & South Craven Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Pioneer Projects Arts and Dementia programme delivers creative sessions for people living with dementia and their carers in Settle, Skipton and Bentham. Also, a ‘Creative Respite Day’is held every week in Settle. We celebrate the achievements of the groups by holding annual exhibitions for the community of Craven to enjoy.

Pioneer Projects has designed and delivers bespoke training concerned with ‘Creativity, Communication and Dementia’. This training has been delivered to e.g. The National Trust, The Lakeland Art Trust, all Pioneer Project artists and volunteers, residential care homes.

We have produced a series of short films where participants express their thoughts and feelings about the creative work that they are involved in. These can be viewed on the Pioneer Projects website

Our creative delivery is concerned with the visual arts, music and movement, ‘Timeslips’ storytelling, and poetry.

Pioneer Projects is represented on the Settle Dementia Alliance Steering Group.  

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Securing the funding to deliver the work is an on going challenge.

In a difficult funding climate, ensuring that Pioneer Projects and other organisations have the skills to deliver effective creative practice for people living with dementia and their carers.

Lack of strategic direction locally for developing provision for people living with dementia and their carers.

2. Actions

  • To identify and resource essential delivery in creative arts for people living with dementia and their carers.

    Funding bids/earned income/donations.  On going consultation with participant groups.

  • To promote the uptake of arts and dementia training

    Ensure all Pioneer Projects staff are trained and supported in ‘in house’ Creativity, Communication and Dementia training.

    To showcase the benefits of creative practice with people living with dementia  within the local community. e.g. exhibitions, talks and presentations

  • To be an active member of Settle Dementia Action Alliance

    To contribute to ensuring that the newly formed Steering Group completes its sign up to the National Dementia Declaration and creates an Action Plan.

    Initial Scoping