About the Project
Our Turn is two-year project, which is funded by Somerset County Council that aims to support the well being of 50 adults experiencing dementia through regular weekly dance sessions led by professional dance artists. These sessions will help participants improve confidence, mental cognition, physical strength and stamina – along with supporting falls prevention.
Alongside the dance sessions for adults with dementia, Our Turn will also provide separate weekly sessions (over ten-week phases) for up to 20 carers, within a peer-supported writing group. The groups of between five-ten participants will be led by two professional spoken word artists, who will engage them in fun and creative ways to tell their stories and rediscover their voice. This part of the project is based on the successful Word/Play project model that has been running for over six years and has transformed the lives of over a hundred adults.
The overall aim of the project is to provide vital emotional and physical support to both sides of the carer giver / care receiver relationship, improving the quality of that relationship and increasing the resilience and lives of both parties, enabling people to stay in their own homes for longer.
“Here at Take Art we have years of experience in using dance and spoken word to support individuals in managing physical and mental health issues. These projects have proved time and time again that arts intervention of this type can have miraculous effects on individuals and lead to less pressure on the health and care services.” Mark Helyar, Co-Director of Theatre at Take Art
Who Can Apply?
At the moment we are seeking organisations within the Yeovil area, who are providing services which support people with memory loss and/or dementia, along with mental health support needs to older people. Organisations must support people to stay in their own homes and provide their paid or unpaid carer with respite.
Word/Play is a social prescribing project for people experiencing mental ill health. It uses performance poetry to empower individuals, giving them the freedom and encouragement to tell their stories.More info
A dance and older people project based at Dunkirk House in Bishops Lydeard, which is part of the national project Dance To Health; a pioneering ‘falls prevention’ dance programme for older people.More info
Life Circles has not been a project on how to teach older people to dance, but an exploration of how dance can effectively engage with the individual as a whole person and improve the quality of later life.More info