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Work place chaplains

In January 2017 the work place chaplains in Essex and east London asked me to bring together my skills as a priest and artist and support me in developing chaplaincy and arts based activities in residential homes and supported living projects . I've also been working on an art project contrasting the experiences and life quality of those with dementia living in residential homes and in the wider community / their own homes with support .

5 December 2018
South East
Arts, Charity, Faith Groups

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?

Enabling the Holding onto and re discovery of memories , building and participating in a sense of developing community , life long fresh thinking , desires, dreams , challenges .

showing people living with dementia and those caring for them that it's not all over , that resedntail care is not the only way , when it is the path making it positive and sparkly .


using creative arts to shatter public perception and assumption 


using art / creativity / pastoral care / spirituality to give people tools to express , develop , grow throughout life and their journey with dementia or supporting others with dementia. 


I live with a degeneerative disability myself and have full time care , so as artist , priest and person with lived experience of disability at the age of 45 I bring a unique perspective .


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

lack of willingness of major care providers to fund creative activity and a reliance on labour and materials being provided voluntarily. 

The mess between social care and continuing health care compounded by greedy profit margins in the private sector . Staff on minimum wage / community volunteers 

The frequent one method fits all medical / social model that leaves people for years sat against the side walls of a boring lounge .

when I motivate people with dementia they become exited and active , tearful , happy , keen to explore new things . Many settings either can't or don't want this level of new exitment . They would prefer people to be quiet and passive .

i learn so much from every person I work with it's a privillege and something I'd like to see more people engaged with 

2. Actions

  • Art exhibition

    exhibition at Loughton arts center November 2017 creating awareness and giving opertunity to explore creative arts in dementia care .

    Being implemented
  • Day center twice monthly workshops

    twice monthly workshops enabling people with dementia and those supporting them and friends and family to explore life past , present and future , to Engadge in contemporary events , to form and maintain a sense of story , purpose , community , rootedness through visual and sung art .

    Being implemented