Fellows' Collaborations: Creative Ageing

Fellows' Collaborations: Creative Ageing

In 2012, Katie Burgess (a Fellow of 1967), met Alice Thwaite (Fellow of 2010) at an ‘Arts and Older People’ seminar between the WCMT and The Baring Foundation, one of our multi-year partners.

Katie, who is Business Manager for Lancashire Workforce Development Partnerships Caring Concepts, wanted to collaborate with other Churchill Fellows to offer new training opportunities to those engaged in the health and social care communities across the county.

This started a wave of activity between nine* Churchill Fellows, all working on innovative approaches and techniques to improve the lives of people living with dementia. Subject areas included dementia and the arts, end of life care, dignity, and the value of physical movement through self-expression and dance. Many training events, conferences and seminars have taken place since, where the Fellows have been sharing their projects, inspirations and experiences with each other. This includes a very successful alliance between Katie and Claire Ford (Fellow of 2011) where Claire trains health and social care staff across the North West, using her i-Pad engAGE model, with i-pads and digital apps ranging from music to drawing and poetry. 

* The nine Churchill Fellows collaborating in this area (and shown in the picture above) are: Katie Burgess, Alice Thwaite, Claire Ford, Liz Postlethwaite, David Clegg, Karin Diamond, Katherine Froggatt, Bisakha Sarker & Gillian Moncaster.