Living Words is an arts and literature organisation, created in 2007 by Susanna Howard. Working with people experiencing 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. Inspired by this participatory work we create anthologies, performances and events.
There are three strands to Living Words:
- Working with individuals who have dementia – creating poetry; Living Words Word Books.
- 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 through use of Living Words Word Books.
- Working in the arts and wider media to challenge perceptions of dementia, to increase understanding and awareness and to promote integration.
Living Words work in art centres, care homes, nursing homes, day centres, libraries, hospitals and theatres.