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Suffolk Artlink

Suffolk Artlink works to improve the quality of life of people of all abilities through taking part in engaging and inspirational creative activities. We believe in the instrumental value of the arts and promote participation in high quality activities as a positive way of improving health and wellbeing for people. We achieve this by providing a varied programme of artist-led projects based in the community in partnership with statutory, voluntary and community organisations. The projects all have a focus on being creative together.

24 February 2016
East of England
Arts, Care, Health, Local Authorities, Schools, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance, Stowmarket 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?

Suffolk Artlink is committed to supporting people living with dementia. We deliver work to engage people in inspiring artist-led creative activities in their communities – offering both inclusive activities and targeted work. This work has social, health and wellbeing benefits and also offers opportunities to develop skills and experience.

 We evaluate the impact of our work using a range of techniques including dementia care mapping - an observational tool to assess the wellbeing of individuals with dementia. Our projects incorporate training for artists leading sessions – for example, a project to develop an interactive dance performance will deliver dementia awareness training to the dance artists leading the work. 

 We have significant experience of delivering work in this field and continue to seek opportunities to develop work that benefits people with dementia and their carers.


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

Skilling up Suffolk Artlink’s staff team – some of our team have taken part in dementia awareness training, it would be a positive next step for all of our staff to do so in order to be a more dementia friendly organisation.

Finding skilled artists to lead work for people with dementia – some artists we work with have already got skills and experience working with people with dementia.

Funding a programme of work for people with dementia and their carers – we are restricted by the funding available.

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2. Actions

  • Dementia awareness training for Suffolk Artlink’s staff team

    We will provide training for our whole staff team to raise awareness through all of our work


  • Provide dementia awareness training for artists

    We will provide dementia awareness training for dance artists leading  an interactive dance performance – this will be offered to other artists working with DanceEast and Suffolk Artlink.


  • Fundraise for projects working with people with dementia and their carers.

    Suffolk Artlink will develop a proposal of work with Hadleigh DAA and seek funding to deliver it.