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Monday, 17 September 2012

Arts and Health and Well Being - Bursary Offer

Please see below to which the Arts and Health and Well Being Group are offering 4 bursaries each for £50. If you are interested in applying for one of these please e-mail Steve Wilson on swilson@worcesteshire.gov.uk

‘Centre of Excellence in Movement Dance & Dementia’
In partnership with Association for Dementia Studies Presents
“Moving to Longevity”
A Practical & Theoretical Development Day in
Movement Dance & Dementia
Facilitated by Richard Coaten PhD BA(Hons) Dip ITD RDMP

Date & Time:  Monday 22nd October 2012 09.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: The Studio, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PB

The outcomes of this course are to:
§  Raise awareness of the importance of movement, dance, music, song and reminiscence with people living with dementia in line with latest researches

§  Inspire those working with or supporting people with dementia in new ways of working and communicating

§  Develop high-quality non-verbal communication skills

§  Have fun while learning and developing creative skills

§  Build confidence and capacity in providing group & individual practises using these creative media.

Currently employed as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, with the Trust Richard is a UK specialist in dance with older people & works part time in Calderdale. He is an experienced psychotherapist, dancer, community dance worker and trainer. His special interest is in movement and dance-based work with those with memory problems.                                                                                                      

‘Given the communicative capacity of the body to inform and enrich our imagination and connect us to the personhood of others, thereby fostering sympathetic care, it is imperative that this capacity be further explored as a means of improving person-centred dementia care’ (Kontos & Naglie, 2007:566).

Who is it for?
  • This course is aimed at all those working with or supporting people with dementia: including community dancers, support workers, care staff, occupational therapists, activity co-ordinators and those interested in using/developing movement and dance to enhance quality in activity programmes. 

What will it consist of?
  • A combination of the theoretical and the practical - focused on the body and lived-experience from the perspective of the person with memory problems. Skilfully presented, each informing the other.
  • Use of a collection of objects to facilitate ‘story-telling’ (reminiscence) through touch and sight and feel, and ways to build relationships through them.
  • Opportunities to move on one’s own and in small groups.
  • Use of props (Scarves/Octaband/Cloth/Feather’s etc) that facilitate movement.
  • Use of music live and recorded. (Bring an instrument if you play one)
  • Handouts also provided

What will it achieve?
  • Greater understanding about the importance of non-verbal and body-based communications in the provision of activities.
  • More confidence to run group and 1:1 movement and dance based work.
  • Opportunities to continue development of this work by joining a network of practitioner’s in UK & abroad, receiving information regarding conferences, seminars, workshops & research etc that take these approaches forward.

What to bring?
  • The course is experiential, so please bring loose comfortable clothing.
  • No previous experience required.

The fragility of life and living processes are intimately bound up with the beauty of the moving body. The dance brings us back from ‘Being Lost’*, ‘Being a Blank’* and ‘Being Slow’*, teaching us how to live to the full; appreciating the riches of our deep and abiding humanity, in spite of great loss and great fragility.

REMENTING is the real challenge that DEMENTING sets for us. Living life to the full in spite of…

*Phinney & Chesla 2003 ‘The lived body in dementia’, Journal of Aging (17) 283-299

         ‘La Cathedrale’ Rodin Museum Paris

For further information about course contents only please email: dancedementiahub@swyt.nhs.uk
Or for more information on the subject go to: www.dancedementiahub.co.uk

for detailed instructions of how to get to The Hive. Sawmill Walk, off The Butts is in the centre of town very near Foregate Street Rail Station. Emergency contact on the day: 07785 562335                  

Booking Form

Please book me on the following event:

“Moving to Longevity”
1 Day Course in the Theory and Practice of Dance in Dementia Care”

Date & Time:  Monday 22nd October 2012 09.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: The Studio, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PB

Name & Title

Job Title


Contact Address



Cost of Training
 £ 50.00
Method of payment

Please send your BACS payment to:
Account Name: GBS re SW Yorks P’ship NHS FT
Sort Code: 08-33-00
Account No: 12495201          Ref. needed please: 173233
Paying by Cheque
(Please use Ref: 173233)
Please make cheque payable to: SWYPFT
Send to: Creditor Payments, Ward 4, Castleford, Normanton & District Hospital, Lumley St, Castleford, W Yorks WF1 5LT
(if sending a cheque please include completed booking form)
Lunches & Refreshments
Tea & Coffee refreshments will be provided.
Lunch will not be provided (local facilities available)
Closing date
Monday 8th October 2012

Please return the booking form to:
Vanessa Allan, Secretary, SWYPFT, 4th Floor, F Mill, Dean Clough, Halifax
 vanessa.allan@swyt.nhs.uk or Tel: 01422 281390 (email contact preferred)
NB Limited places available…please book early to avoid disappointment!

Terms and Conditions
Payment by BACS is preferred. We are unable to accept payment by credit card.

Once your booking form is processed your place is reserved. Once payment is received an email confirming your place will be sent.

If at any point after receiving your confirmation email, you wish to withdraw from the course, there will be no refunds made but a substitute can attend as long as we are notified of the name change along with contact details at least one week before the course.
Telephone applications will be treated as provisional and the application form must still be received by the closing date.
In the event of cancellation by the organisers, liability will be restricted to refund of fees only.

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