Creating artists in residents: a national arts in care homes participatory and mentoring programme

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Baring Foundation

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Evaluation of Age Cymru’s highly successful cARTrefu programme which organised residencies for professional artists in care home across Wales.
This evaluation investigated the first phase of the cARTrefu programme, which delivered nearly 2,000 hours of multi-form arts provision to over 1,500 residents in 122 care homes in Wales. A second phase started in 2017. This evaluation found that cARTrefu has had a significant impact on older people’s wellbeing. It has also changed staff attitudes towards residents, especially those with dementia, and gave them more confidence in leading creative activities themselves.
Following the success of cARTrefu, a second phase, cARTrefu II, has been funded
by the Baring Foundation and Arts Council Wales until 2019.

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Algar-Skaife, K., Caulfield, M. & Woods, B. (2017) cARTrefu: Creating artists in residents. A national arts in care homes participatory and mentoring programme. Evaluation report 2015-2017. DSDC Wales Report, Bangor University, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor, UK.