A woman is filmed as part of the project
Independent Arts is a small charity based on the Isle of Wight which uses creative arts to support people facing social isolation.  Established in the late 1980s, it uses arts activities as a tool to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life for older people, and others in the community facing social barriers and disadvantage.

The Foundation awarded a grant of £7,500 in June 2013, towards The Creative Futures project.  Trained volunteers deliver a wide range of stimulating therapeutic arts sessions, such as sewing, crafting and painting, to older people living in nursing and care homes.  The project is focused on providing these sessions on an individual and tailor made basis, as often residents are confined to their rooms due to illness which reduces their ability to join in communal activities.  They may also have conditions such as dementia, which for many, results in heightened stress in group settings. 
Our grant was used to purchase iPads and digital recording equipment to carry out reminiscence work with dementia sufferers and isolated elderly residents. During 2013 over 800 individual sessions were provided to care homes by more than 50 Creative Future volunteers.

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