Storybox Creative Cafe – Bury’s Creative Dementia Club

This September we are delighted to be returning to Bury Art Museum for a brand new season of STORYBOX – CREATIVE CAFE sessions. The sessions are designed specifically for people living with dementia, alongside the people that support them. Each session uses imagination, stories and poetry as a starting point to inspire a range ofContinue reading “Storybox Creative Cafe – Bury’s Creative Dementia Club”

Saying Yes

For every activity, workshop or project that we are involved in we try to create spaces where “yes” leads the way. In the simplest terms this means that as facilitators and collaborators we aim to listen in an open and non-judgmental way, then accept ideas and suggestions and run with them whenever possible. So, whatContinue reading “Saying Yes”

Time To Reflect

Very early in the life of The Storybox Project we realised that creating a journal to record and reflect upon our work would be a powerful way for us to ensure that our work remained responsive, relevant and innovative. Then, and now, this involves a basic journal format, which records the highs and lows ofContinue reading “Time To Reflect”

How does success look?

For all of us working creatively with people living with dementia it can be an ever changing playing field where people’s needs can shift and change significantly over short periods of time. In this context how is it possible to identify when an activity has been successful, and how may that success manifest itself? OnContinue reading “How does success look?”

Treasury of Art Activities for Older People

Over the last year we have been delighted to work with The Baring Foundation to create a treasury of arts activities for older people. This consists of 50 activities to be used in any setting with older people and includes contributions from some of the leading artists and organisations creating work with, by and forContinue reading “Treasury of Art Activities for Older People”

Looking Forward – New Year’s Resolutions

Do you like making New Year’s resolutions? For many people the start of a new year offers a tangible point in time to look forward, and to think about where they want to head next. For those of us working creatively with older people, in particular those living with dementia, life can be busy toContinue reading “Looking Forward – New Year’s Resolutions”

Thinking About Reminisence

In all of the work that we do in The Storybox Project we use themes as a starting point supported by a variety of music, props and costume. We create sensory and fun experiences where games are played and stories are made up to encourage togetherness, improve concentration and lift mood. The emphasis of theContinue reading “Thinking About Reminisence”

Working Without Words

When working with people living with dementia the reality is that many of the participants that you engage with may be experiencing varying degrees of difficulty with verbal communication. In the later stages of dementia this may reach the point where people no longer have any level of communication in a verbal sense. This couldContinue reading “Working Without Words”

Thinking About… Working With Older People

It is a brilliant development that it is increasingly common to come across creative projects specifically targeting older people. Be it a music project collaborating with a professional orchestra or a craft project in a local church hall, it is now much easier to find participatory work focussed in this area. But what do weContinue reading “Thinking About… Working With Older People”