BLOGS

LOOK UP song released!

Our song, ‘Look Up’ launched today, featuring the words of people who took part in our #LivingWarriors project in #Folkestone. Song image is by project participant Ethan Sheppard. Check out the full version of this wonderful, upbeat song with music and vocals by Anil Sebastian , produced by Ingmar Kamalagharan & Anil, and mastered by Cherif Hashizume. Download it from iTunes here WATCH…

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Treasure trove

Oliver Senton is moving into the second half of his first residency.  When we learn to do this work, our values around ‘making sense’ and ‘understanding’ can be challenged. Oliver’s taking on of this challenge has been remarkable throughout the project so far.   Last week we started reading to the other members of the group…

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You will never ‘work it out’…

This piece by Susanna Howard features in the Futurelearn course: Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives.  Created by Created Out of Mind & UCL.  Still time to sign up, here. Challenges of engaging people with advanced dementia in arts-based practices Written by Susanna Howard, Founder & Artistic Director of Living…

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Full lives

 Zoe Aldrich is in the midst of her second training residency with Living Words.  Zoe’s integrity and embrace of the Living Words’ ethos is exceptional.  In this blog, we find her being a bit hard on herself.  This can occur when we are in the centre of residency and know the impact our work can…

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A certain peace

Here is the first blog from new Living Words writer in training, Anil Sebastian. I’m on day 1 of week 3 of my Living Words training residency working with people with advanced dementias. I continue to feel deeply affected by the work (and sometimes overwhelmed!). I found a note in my note book from our training that said… *This…

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Making ripples

Excerpts from the personal journal of new Living Words writer in training, Oliver Senton Week One …A fascinating and challenging couple of days. I was very trepidatious (a long word, but not as loaded as ‘worried’) about going into the home. I felt, feel, a weight of responsibility to deal with all the people I…

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INSPIRING THE ARTIST…

Taken from FutureLearn online course, The Arts and Dementia, which features Living Words and other best practice and insight across the sector. Inspiring the artist Written by Shazea Quraishi, Poet and Living Words artist This account provides an insight into the artist’s perspective of what they have learned working with people living with a dementia.…

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COMMITTING TO OUR ETHOS & OUR ARTISTS What happens when one of us becomes ill?

We start 2 training residencies this week.  This encompasses: 2 Folkestone based writers working on their second training residency; 2 new writers beginning the process afresh; 1 experienced Living Words writer leading in one home; and me, founder and artistic director, heading up the whole residency training.  But someone else who is part of our…

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New care home residency

So, this new care home residency is the first residency Pippa and I are doing on our own – on our own together, thankfully. Our training continues but the training wheels are off and although Susanna continues to support and guide us when needed, she is no longer running along beside us, we are doing…

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On 22nd March

Therapist, author and dementia trainer Danuta Lipinska spent a morning with us a couple of weeks ago, furthering our vulnerable adults awareness, leading experiential exercises and lending her supportive insight in to this work. She emailed this over, to be shared here on our blog: On 22 March It was a great pleasure and honour to…

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