Since 2015, our wonderful artists have been working with care homes across Wales and are continuing to do so. By the beginning of our third phase of the programme, which started in September 2019, more than 3,200 residents and care home staff had taken part in cARTrefu sessions.
Our artists have shared their knowledge and experience of delivering creative sessions with residents and have simplified some of the most successful activities to share with you through this platform.
We’d love to hear about your cARTrefu activity sessions. If you would like to share your stories, please tag us on social media or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many different activities to try. We’ve split them over five sections
Visual Arts – Performing Arts – Words – Music – Sensory
Take a look and have a go.
We’ve labelled the activities, so you’ll know if they’re most suited for
An individual or a group
All the activities are easy to do, but some may require a little preparation. We’ve labelled each activity one, two or three; (1, 2 or 3);
One being very easy and three needing a little more time to prepare.
Creating the right space is important when participating in arts activities.
There are simple things you can do to create the right environment for older residents to feel relaxed and creative:
The urge to engage in purposeful and meaningful activity is a basic human drive. As people we’re all different with different needs and interests, the same as residents within care homes.
Creativity is such a broad option for care homes, allowing care workers to offer activities which are varied and innovative, enabling person centred care and meeting the needs of the individuals.
Being creative is a gift that we all have, we just need the right tools to unlock it.
Activities need to be inclusive; residents need to join in, giving opportunities for interaction, conversation and relationships. Building relationships between residents, opening conversation to build these friendships and become part of a community.
These workshops take residents out of themselves allowing them to express themselves, triggering imagination and memories.
Allowing residents to be creative enables them to sustain interests they may have had in the past or develop skills and interests that they may never have known they had.
We asked care home staff around Wales to give us their Top Tips for running creative sessions with their residents.
The most common ones were:
If you’d like to do an activity that’s not in this pack, you can always try your own. Remember: