August 3, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 31

Seaside shenanigans

A fun and lively dance activity encouraging movement, dancing and physical exercise. There is no wrong or right way to participate – just move to the music, feel energised and remember the sights and sounds of the seaside.


Yorkshire Dance / Ellen Turner, Rachel Clarke & Musician, Will Fletcher. Developed in partnership with The Grove and Red Court Care Home.

June 8, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 22

Balancing objects

Object balancing helps build hand-eye coordination, balance, body and spatial awareness as it requires you to coordinate your movements to keep the object upright.


Upswing. Developed in partnership with Silk Court Residential Home, Anchor Care Homes.

May 25, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 21

This hand held

A storytelling activity that brings people together to share experiences of relationships, friendship, care and love. It can develop into a joyful, gestural choreography, adaptable to a variety of different needs.


Moving Memory Dance. Developed in partnership with House Residential Home Canterbury, Medway Age UK, Thanet Age UK, and Community friends of local primary schools.

April 27, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 17

Spring cleaning

This activity was originally developed as part of a series of sessions exploring our homes and community. It is especially engaging for people with dementia who may respond well to more sensory elements.

Credit: Jen Harris / Small Things Creative Projects. Developed in partnership with The Fed.

April 20, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 16

Slow walking

This activity is a sequence of breathing, walking, thinking and being, culminating in a final statement
of assertion. You can do it daily, creating a regular time when participants can clear their heads and find focus.

Credit: The Performance Ensemble. Developed in partnership with Leeds Older People’s Forum.

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.

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.

January 7, 2022

52 weekly activities – week 1

Let’s do, yes let’s

This activity is a fun icebreaker or warm-up exercise. The activity should be energetic, even if your group is seated, and there should be a sense of fun, enjoyment and exploration with plenty of laughter.

Credit: Royal Exchange Theatre Elders Company /Bill and Estelle.

May 22, 2019

Social Care Institute for Excellence


Written in association with NAPA, the SCIE website has a dedicated page aimed at encouraging participation in the arts for people living in care homes.

Packed full of information about a wide range of arts activities including creative writing, visual arts, dance, using puppets, sculpture, music, pottery, digital arts, gardening and everyday creativity.