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Taking art to the care sector

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By Fiona Reid
Taking art to the care sector

ARTISTS from the area are being sought to take part in a new initiative to help improve the lives of older people through creativity.

Arts in Care has been launched by Luminate in partnership with the Care Inspectorate, Creative Scotland and the Baring Foundation. The plan is to train 18 artists to help embed high quality creative practice, with the long-term aim of building the skills, capacity and strength of both the arts and care sectors.

Anne Gallacher, director of Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing organisation, said: “There is growing evidence of the positive impact of creative activities as we get older, and a programme that supports artists and care professionals to provide creative opportunities for older people living in care homes is an exciting development for Scotland.”

Iain Munro, from Creative Scotland, added: “Taking part in creative activities can make a real difference to people’s quality of life and health, both physically and mentally.”

The scheme has also been welcomed by Christina McKelvie, Minister for Older People, who said: “The Scottish Government recognises the benefits for older people of taking part in creative activities, with positive impacts on health, wellbeing and addressing social isolation and loneliness. We therefore welcome the new Arts in Care initiative and look forward to following the progress of the successful applicants’ work.”

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