52 weekly activities

April 6, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 14

New stories

Using remembered childhood books and illustrations as a stimulus, participants explore significant moments from their own life stories through a series of linked activities.

Credit: Dr Alison Waller with Gemma Seltzer and Wallis Eates. Developed in partnership with Holybourne Care Home in Roehampton.

March 16, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 11

Colour as writing inspiration

Use a range of resources and ideas to tap into colour as poetry and creative writing inspiration. Focus on
a specific colour that you see lots of or particularly like, and let your mind take you wherever it wants to!

Credit: Creative Writes / Nichola Charalambou. Developed in partnership with NAPA – Arts in Care Homes, Greensleeves Care & Sunrise Senior Living

March 9, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 10

Collagraph printing

Collagraph prints are a creative and experimental form of printmaking, with printing plates made from many different materials, including cardboard, yarn, fabric, leaves, or masking tape. The activity is a great way to use up scraps and encourages the use of recycled materials.

Credit: Charlotte Cranidge, developed in partnership with C&C.

March 2, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 9

Abstract Art Collage

This is a great activity for participants who don’t feel confident with art activities. The three main stages – paint, scissors and glue – could be made into separate activities for different capacity levels if preferred.

Credit: Creative Minds / Tracey Knight, developed in partnership with Lister House Nursing Home.

February 23, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 8

Two small dances (Dance and movement)

These dances offer a way to listen and observe sensations and small movements within the body. For both dances it is helpful if the facilitator does them both at the same time as the group to serve as a demonstration.

Credit: Mary Prestidge / Bluecoat, developed in partnership with Belong.

February 9, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 6

Making stories together

This relaxed activity supports a group to create a piece of creative writing. It is a great way to bring people together and the end product brings a sense of achievement.

Credit: Belong Crewe / Natalie Ravenscroft. Developed in partnership with Bluecoat, inspired by an original activity by Roger Hill.

January 26, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 4

Pom-pom warm-up

This activity can be a warm-up as part of a wider session or used on its own. It uses props to stimulate and enhance physical movement and seasonal feedback, develop reflexes, and bring in enjoyment and fun.

Credit: Dr Rosaria Gracia, developed in partnership with Know Dementia.