Lakeland Arts is proud of our work with community groups, particularly older people who might not ordinarily visit cultural spaces, including enabling access for people in residential care homes such as the Leonard Cheshire Home at Holehird. A recent project, Powerful Objects, used The Great Picture and Lady Anne Clifford as inspiration for creating a Great Picture of our own lives using iPad technology. Wonderful stories are emerging!
Projects such as this are helping Lakeland Arts to play our part in improving “wellbeing”, which is a measure of physical, social, emotional and mental health. ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ have been identified by the Government – these are a series of “living well indicators” that, if present, will support wellbeing. The five indicators are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give.
Health and social care organisations, Council services, cultural and creative organisations such as Lakeland Arts and other charities such as Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society, are using these indicators as a tool kit to help older people to stay healthy and to live more independently for longer.
We are embracing the wellbeing initiative by training all our staff to be Dementia Friends and promoting the Five Ways to Wellbeing in order to help people to connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give. Donna Storey, Service Development Manager, Adult Social Care, Cumbria County Council, says that creative and cultural organisations have a crucial part to play:
“Support for people living with dementia and their carers is a priority for the Health and Wellbeing strategy for Cumbria as the prevalence of dementia is expected to increase across the county. The work that Lakeland Arts is undertaking provides a significant local contribution to the creation of a dementia friendly society in Cumbria.”