Nottingham Writers Studio Nottingham Writers’ Studio, 25 Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FH
A Guide to Working as Writer with Older People – A Writing East Midlands Workshop
Time: 10am – 4pm (with a one-hour lunch break – lunch is not included)
Date: 13th October 2018
Fee: £35 full fee, £30 concessionary.
Please note this training course is heavily subsidized by Writing East Midlands and the Celebrating Age programme.
This training is for writers, storytellers and workshop facilitators who are interested in gaining knowledge and skills for working with older people within social, community and care home settings. Creative activity can have an immensely positive effect on people’s feelings of health and welling. Research by psychologists has shown that short-term, focused writing tasks for sharing personal stories consistently makes people happier and healthier, improves their moods and sense of well-being and reduces stress levels. A number of studies have also shown that writing tasks can have a positive effect on the immune system and illnesses such as asthma, arthritis etc, and can break down feelings of social isolation.
Working with older people can bring its own set of rewards and challenges. During this day course, through a creative lens and fun writing exercises you will cover topics such as:
– Working with vulnerable adults
– Establishing ground rules
– How to deliver workshops in sensitive environments (such as care homes)
– Working creatively with adults with mental health considerations and the benefits creative writing can bring to such participants
– Working with older adults with additional needs such as dementia
– Reducing the effects of labelling and stigmatization
– Ethical issues and the responsibilities of a therapeutic relationship
– User empowerment and social inclusion
– How to find artistic work in the field of mental health
About the Tutor – Rob Gee
Performance poet and psychiatric nurse, Rob has performed over 3000 shows internationally and has won over twenty awards for his solo shows, and shared stages with Jo Brand, Sue Townsend, Sarah Millican, Jimmy Carr and Harold Pinter. He regularly leads creative workshops in both community and inpatient mental health settings with all ages and ability ranges.
‘A Guide to Working as Writer with Older People’ is part of The Elder Tree project led by Writing East Midlands and run in partnership with Made in Corby, First Art, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Museums Development East Midlands.
About The Elder Tree
Funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and the Baring Foundation though their Celebrating Age programme, The Elder Tree is a three-year project which will deliver 12 Creative Writing Residencies with Older People groups within care home and community settings throughout the East Midlands. The Elder Tree project will empower groups of older people across the East Midlands to create new work stimulated by museums, archives, heritage spaces, and professional writers. Activity will include story-telling, reminiscence writing, poetry, group reading and role-play, and embody an ethos of celebration and fun. For more information about the project, click here.
It is recommended that any writers who are interested in applying for a lead or shadow writer position for the Elder Tree project should attend both the ‘A Guide to Working as Writer with Older People’ and the ‘A Guide to Working as a Writer with Museums’; or they will need to be able to exhibit clear, relevant and recent experience of working in these areas at point of application. All successful applicants for the ‘lead writer’ roles will have their workshop fee and a day’s training fee reimbursed back to them upon appointment. For further information about how to apply, please click here.
This workshop is also open to all writers looking at gaining training in working in this area, whether they intend to apply for The Elder Tree project.
Please contact Aimee Wilkinson, Head of Artistic Development at Writing East Midlands should you require any further information: Aimee@writingeastmidlands.co.uk
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