Worcestershire Arts Partnership Blog

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Free training session we have coming up in February aimed at those who work with people with dementia.

Many of you will already be aware of the Courtyards Dementia Poetry Scheme  where world renowned ‘dementia poet’ John Killick has been poet in residence at the Courtyard since April 2011, during which time he mentored four local poets working with people with dementia. The four plus John were resident in specialist dementia care homes across the county, where they worked one to one and in group sessions with residents. They would talk and listen to the residents and work collaboratively with them to form the residents’ words into poems – sometimes based on stories and memories, sometimes in response to visual stimuli such as paintings and photographs.

Alongside this work the Courtyard offers training in this field for other local people who may work in residential care homes, day care centres or have an interest in developing their skills to work with those with dementia. Below please find information about our next free training session at the Courtyard. Places are limited so booking is essential


Tuesday 14th February, 1.00 pm – 3.30 pm at The Courtyard Centre for the Arts

This is a free two-and-a-half hour workshop in which John Killick, the mentor for the Courtyard's Poetry for Dementia scheme, will show participants how they can use straightforward poetic techniques for self-expression. The session will concentrate on exploring work situations and relationships. Everyone will produce their own pieces of writing, and examine poems created by other staff. Please bring a notebook and pen with you.
There will also be an opportunity to meet the other poets in the scheme: Jacqui Rowe and Deborah Alma, and to hear them read from the work of participants in their workshops.
The workshop is free of charge and tea and coffee will be provided. Please contact Alice Saunders, Arts & Older People’s Officer, to reserve a place: alice.saunders@courtyard.org.uk

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