Ambient Jam is the second time I’ve walked into an environment and thought ‘this is my daughter’s world’. The other being a hospice. Here Leah is herself, she is one of the facilitators. Music, movement, receptivity, and being spontaneous, that’s what Leah is about.
Parent of a participant, Ambient Jam programme
“I think the Meet Me programme is one of the most innovative, and potentially one of the most effective complex public health interventions designed to improve and maintain the quality of life for older people. It has the potential to deliver many quality of life outcomes encompassing physical, mental and social life domains. I have seen at first-hand how transformational the programme has been in the lives of older people”
Danny Ruta, Director of Public Health, London Borough of Lewisham
“In the session it made me emotional to see the look on Brian’s face – taken away from this place, taken somewhere else, taken out of himself – I saw the young man he probably was. All the money in the world couldn’t have given what you gave him. Brian has no family. All his family died. His wife died – they were both ‘only’ children and they had no children.”
Paulette Dixon, Activities Co-ordinator, Tower Bridge Care Home
“We don’t have a certificate to say we went to a drama school but in this community, here we are recognised. We want to be remembered.”
Participant Gwen Sewell
Many organisations cite and write about the impact of our work. Here are a few.
Key Workers. Creative ageing in lockdown and after by David Cutler.
Wishing to document and learn from this period, the Baring Foundation ran a small survey of 62 arts organisations and invited 15 organisations to write case studies. This report recounts the experience of these arts organisations and artists. Find us on Page 32.
Age Against The Machine – A Festival of Creative Ageing Evaluation Report
This report was researched and written by Elizabeth Lynch MBE
The festival took place in Autumn 2019 and was produced by Entelechy Arts and the Albany, London Borough of Lewisham 2019
Creative Ageing and the City: Symposium Report
Our Creative Ageing and the City Symposium (co-produced with the Albany) provided a unique moment to reflect on the opportunities afforded by sustained arts and cultural practice in making our cities age-friendly and dynamic.
The symposium was supported by the Mayor of London’s Cultural Team and bought together contributors from London, Manchester and Tokyo.
Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations
The Inquiry seeks to increase awareness of the civic role that arts organisations play, or could play, nationally and in their communities. The interviewed Artistic Director David Slater to answer the question “What happens if you make visible people who are invisible?”
The Baring Foundation
The Baring Foundation improves the quality of life of people experiencing disadvantage and discrimination by me making grants to voluntary and other civil society organisations. They highlighted our work in a document on tackling loneliness in older age and the role of the arts.
UK Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre and performing arts membership organisation. They promote excellence, professional development, and campaign to improve resilience and increase audiences across the sector. Samuel West, Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts highlights our work.
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“I thought I’d finished with life but this is waking me up again. It makes you feel you’re not dead. You’re not worthless. You can do something and still be a part the world”
Entelechy Arts participant.