Category Archives: Community Arts

Creative Vision Board course – This Sunday!

goal settingWe’ve got a couple of spaces left on this Sunday’s Creative Vision Board course 19th November 1-4.30pm at our Strike a Light studio based at Brighton’s Open Market.

If you’d like to come along and find a creative approach to your life and ways forward into 2018 then book here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-vision-board-event-focus-on-your-future-tickets-35049364593

£25 for the session and includes all materials and refreshments.

To find out more, visit our event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/460003717678435/

 

 

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Dancing with Dementia update

IMG_4021Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage would like to thank the Mrs A Lacy-Tate Trust for joint funding us to deliver a series of activities at Brooke Mead, a new purpose built Dementia focussed sheltered housing scheme run by BHCC in Brighton and Hove.

The project is called Dancing with Dementia – Creating spaces for dance and movement.

This sum will make a huge difference in enabling us to develop and facilitate a programme of events for older people who will benefit immensely from this engagement.

https://strikealight.org/projects/dancing-with-dementia/

Dancing with Dementia 2018

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to hear that we’ve been given a small grant to run a new Dancing with Dementia project in Brighton in 2018, at a new purpose built residence Brooke Mead Extra Care Housing scheme in partnership with Brighton and Hove Council.
 
The grant is from the Trust for Developing Communities – Healthy Community Fund. The sessions will start early next year and focus on people with early onset dementia, their families and scheme visitors.
 
“Dancing with Dementia is another excellent example of why Strike a Light is a truly committed community organisation. It’s not all about big grants, these local, hands-on local endeavours keep us in touch with our wonderfully diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods. Dancing is one of the best and most fun ways to communicate. I’m delighted to hear that we have been successful in our bid for support from the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund.”
Dr Sam Carroll – Strike a Light Director
“It’s fantastic for Strike A Light to be continuing our work with people living with dementia, thanks to the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund – we are pleased to be able to build on our successes in this project with new participants at Brook Mead, an exciting new development for the city.”

Clare Hankinson – Fabrica gallery

CREATE YOUR OWN VISION BOARD WORKSHOP – COMING UP!

Want to set your intentions, wishes and help create your desires but in a fun, creative way?

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will run a creative vision board workshop on Sunday 19th November 1-4.30pm at our studio, based upstairs at the Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton.

This resourceful afternoon is a inspiring and focussed way to look at your year ahead and the life you would like to realise in the next twelve months.

The session will start with a meditative journey to set new intentions and plans, followed by a supportive and informal group involving collage and visualisation to generate your most fulfilling way forward.

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Vision boards help:

* Set and prioritise goals, values, and intentions.
* Plant goals and intentions
* Seeing a vision board regularly—with images and words representing your goals, wishes, and values—helps remind you of what you want to do, be, and have.
* Ensure that you move towards these goals, both consciously and unconsciously.

At the end of the afternoon, you will leave have a bespoke, inspiring and original vision board to display in your home and refer to regularly, as well as a clearer sense of the way forward for you into the year ahead.

£25 for the afternoon – All materials provided along with refreshments.

There is only space in the venue for 8 people so book your place soon: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-vision-board-event-focus-on-your-future-tickets-35049364593

Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today Conference

We’ll have a stall at this event next month. Come along and join us!
 
The inspiring international project “Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today” (RYCT) celebrates its 20th year of delivering Reminiscence in Dementia Care at a conference in Greenwich, London on 16th & 17th November 2017.
 
This tried and tested project has demonstrated across 16 countries a unique and creative way to bring together, as equals, people with dementia and their carers to share memories and celebrate long-term relationships.
 
This conference, hosted by the University of Greenwich and the European Reminiscence Network, will include presentations from guest speakers from many countries, workshops, performances, exhibitions, and reflections from participating families and the project’s graduate apprentices.
 
This conference aims to:
• Reflect on the work of the European Reminiscence Network to date
• Re-position reminiscence from an optional activity to a central platform in person-centred and relationship-centred dementia care
• See creative reminiscence in the broader context of the arts and dementia
• Plan for a positive future in which families can live well with dementia.
Who should attend the conference?
• Voluntary organizations
• Arts organisations and freelance arts workers
• Health and social care staff
• Care commissioners and service providers
• Cultural organisations
• Students and researchers
• Anyone interested in positive dementia care and living well with dementia
 
What is on offer?
Thursday 16th November – 10.00 to 18.00
 
University of Greenwich, Queen Anne Court, Room 063, Maritime Campus, SE10
 
Friday 17th November – 10.00 to 17.00
University of Greenwich at The Old Baths, Bathway, Woolwich, London SE18 6QX
 

Remembering Together: Making a life history book

 

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Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is running a course Remembering Together: Making a life history book course this autumn.

A life history book is a homemade booklet compiled to capture memories and stories about a person’s life, whether to mark a significant birthday, a change in circumstances, the onset of Dementia or as a beautiful and creative gift for a loved one.

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will deliver a series of four workshops to support you to create a life history booklet for a family member’s life. This takes place on Thursdays 10am-1pm in November (2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd November) 2017.

Thanks so much for such a wonderful, inspiring and beautifully run day and thanks for your warmth and generosity. Thanks for the materials and hope we meet again soon. Course participant

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remembering-together-making-a-life-history-book-course-tickets-35049434803

More information:

Making a life history book can be an enjoyable and empowering activity for a person with dementia which may enable greater interaction and open up communication between someone with dementia and their carers, family and friends. A life history book may be something that visitors can look through with a person, or it can be referred to by professionals to learn more about the person they are providing care for.

The course can only accommodate 8 participants to create a supportive atmosphere so please book early to avoid disappointment. The cost is £100 (£80 concession) for the four week course which is three hours per week. The course will include the work book, resources, planning, materials and refreshments, as well as interim support and suggestions if needed.

Get in touch if you would like further information: strikealight@rocketmail.com

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Affordable space to run your workshop!

Smiling directors 2017Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage has affordable space available to rent in its’ Brighton’s Open Market based studio (mezzanine level) between 9-6pm throughout the year.
 
If you’d like central Brighton space to try out a new workshop activity, run training sessions, access hot desk space space, or to run a regular creative session for up to eight people each time, then get in touch!
 
The space is currently available for the affordable price of £6 per hour for a minimum of two hours per session.
 
The studio offers broadband, a disability access lift, WC, heating, tables and chairs as well as a kitchen area with microwave, sink with running hot and cold water, and kettle etc for refreshments. Refreshments can also be provided as an extra cost.
If you would like to find out more about this facility or view the space, please contact the Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage: strikealight@rocketmail.com / 07727006538
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Two spaces left on course!

Flourish2017-43Only two spaces left on this Two Day Reminiscence Course in Brighton!
 
This two day training course based at Strike a Light’s studio in Brighton takes place on 7th & 8th December 2017 (10am-4pm).
 
It offers an overview of reminiscence work, including the background to the subject and will consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen. We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.
 
By the end of the course, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.
 
The training days will offer a more expanded exploration of reminiscence work. It will include a detailed background to the subject and consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.
 
We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.
 
The days will be interspersed with opportunities for the group to experience reminiscence activities, and group members will be encouraged throughout to contribute their own experience and ideas.
 
By the end of the training, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.
 
A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.
 

Funding from Dementia Action Alliance

embodying-hebrew-culture-56442.jpgWe’d like to say a huge thank you to the Dementia Action Alliance and Brighton & Hove Age UK (along with Dementia Friends and the Brighton & Hove NHS Clincial Commissioning Group) for funding us to deliver activities in partnership with Jewish Care to encourage the exploration of Mazel Tov Brighton  – Tradition through Movement specifically related to the movement of Jewish culture and its’ arrival in Brighton!

We’ll be starting activities in September 2017 and they’ll run for twelve months in and around the city. These will include outings to Brighton Museum, Holland Road Synagogue, and Brighton’s Open Market, as well as a series of dance performances at Hyman Fine House Jewish care home, along with  photographic exploration of this tradition between 2017-18. We’ll keep you updated!

We’ll also be training Brighton based Jewish Care staff in reminiscence and dementia awareness so that they are able to be self sustaining and skilled in delivering activities at the Hyman Fine House centre run by the charity Jewish Care.

Thanks also to The Homity Trust for supporting us.

Get in touch if you’d like to get involved: strikealight@rocketmail.com

We’re really looking forward to it. Mazel Tov!

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Summer youth arts activities on The Barge starts next week

Barge-ExteriorThis venue The Barge at Brighton Marina (our new home for the whole of next week) is looking a bit different now than it was earlier this year! Now, it’s all primed and ready to go.
Book your free workshop places for young people (ages 7-14) here for activities between 28th Aug and 1st Sept: http://bit.ly/2v2kb8K
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