Living Words is an arts and literature programme that uses the spoken and written word to help people feel present in their lives, regardless of circumstance.
Working with people with dementia and isolated and disempowered people, Living Words supports free speech and expression. The work enables individuals to feel heard and understood, even when communication seems lost.
There are three strands to Living Words:
- Working with individuals who have dementia – creating poetry, personalised word books and anthologies.
- Working with staff in care homes / hospitals and family carers – improving wellbeing through creative expression and reflection; individually tailored approaches aiming to empower creative communication.
- Working in the arts and wider media to challenge perceptions of dementia, to increase understanding and awareness and to promote integration.
Living Words has been working in art centres, care homes, nursing homes, day centres, libraries, hospitals and theatres since 2007.