We are thrilled to be involved with the James Berry Benefit, see below for info. Susanna has been working with James, supported by English PEN and will be presenting his words at the event. We’d love to see you there!
Our Forrester Court residency, commissioned and supported by Westminster Arts, concluded in July with a sharing in the home. It is a large home and we worked in three units there. Most of the people we worked with were people who seldom left their bed or room. We would like to thank all who took part, residents and staff. As well as the one to one work with residents we led our ‘Living Creative’ workshop training for staff. We focussed on communication and looked at the words of the residents as well as their own. This led to staff members choosing a personal project to imbed the use of residents books once we had left.
Today is the start of Dementia Awareness Week in the UK and we have started tweeting @LivingWordsUK . The aim of this week is to get people talking about dementia #TalkDementia. We have decided to tweet live from residencies and workshops each day – the words you will see are the words of people who are living in carehomes and their words are not normally heard in society outside of the home. Due to legislation the people who speak have to remain anonymous but their consented words can be shouted out…
Living Words new residency at Care UK’s Forester Court got off to a lively start as Artistic Director Susanna spoke about the project, and Living Words more generally, at the care home’s ‘Let’s Talk’ event.
During this project we will mainly be working with people who spend all their time in their rooms, though we will work with a few people who are able to move about the home. Staff workshops will also be taking place during the residency to look at reflection on personal practice and creative communication. These are bespoke for Forrester Court. We will also facilitate an end of project sharing event.
We will post info about the residency as it goes along and words direct from the residency will be tweeted by @LivingWordsUK from this week.
Thank you to all the staff and residents for making us feel so welcome!
Free speech galore at the ‘Joy of Speaking’ event, and there was even some dancing thrown in. We had the opportunity to share some words and poems from a recent residency with a diverse audience at Europe House, London. Here are some images of the night, including…
A Big Thank You to all at 73 Mildmay for supporting our latest residency in Islington
We look forward to seeing you all soon as we continue to work with staff, implementing reflection, reading and listening techniques from the residency.
Here are some photos from our sharing and celebration at the end of the residency!
Artistic Director Susanna Howard co-led the workshop ‘Inside’Outside: Creative Communication’ with Danuta Lipinska on behalf of Dementia UK for Carers in Camden. 27th March 2013.
This interactive workshop focuses on reflection on one’s personal practice and like Living Words’ staff workshops uses mindfulness and language as tools. Participants are given practical tools to take back to the workplace as well as their own personalised Living Words laminate which has their words on it.
‘I am leaving here knowing I will listen better and how to do that and how to let silence be a part of communication. I am looking forward to using these tools with the people I work with. Thank you.’ Workshop participant
We are thrilled to be commencing a Living Words bespoke residency on 1st May at Forrester Court, London. Working with people with dementia who are isolated within the care home, mainly staying in their rooms and beds, Living Words will work one to one with residents, conduct staff workshops and projects, as well as take part in events during the time on site, more on these to come… And we will end with a celebration of words and communication in July! Let’s get started…