Arts in Care Homes is a project managed by NAPA and funded by The Baring Foundation and The Rayne Foundation.

There is a wealth of arts activities taking place in care homes across England. These range from everyday creative activities run by staff in care homes, including flower arranging and cake decorating, to large scale arts projects such as A Choir in Every Care Home. We want to promote and celebrate existing arts activities and encourage more.

There is lots of research that proves that access to the the arts makes care home residents happier and healthier. We believe that residents should be offered a wide range of arts activities on a daily basis to enhance their quality of life and increase wellbeing and motivation.

This website is a user friendly guide to putting on arts activities and designing arts projects for care homes. It includes information on different art forms, related research – to help when filling in funding applications and training opportunities. We will be regularly updating and adding to this website. Please get in touch if you have suggestions for things to include.

We are holding the first National Day of Arts in Care Homes on 24 September and hope that this will become an annual event.