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Arts Crafts and Dignity in Care - phase 2 of the project approved!

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Following a very successful Arts, Crafts and Dignity in Care conference in September, Superact and it's partners in the project were delighted to receive a second phase of funding that will allow the project to develop its research. ACDC is a project that researches, collates and showcases the range of techniques that are being used to promote inclusion through creative arts across Europe. Superact's Tracy Hill and Stu Packer ventured to Belgium earlier this month to begin planning: 

By Tracy Hill

The team from the ACDC phase 2 partnership met at the Stimul building in Moorsele, Belgium on 5th November. The day was a full on brainstorming session for our new training method to be piloted with Creative practitioners.

We believe as a partnership that we can improve the creative engagement delivered to those in social isolation, including older people, those with disability and the young who are excluded from society. The Interreg Cluster partnership from the Dignity in Care project and IC Music both provided training in their individual projects to Carers and Care students and young musicians respectively across Europe.

In phase two of the project we will develop a new "immersive" training method that will put the practitioners in the worlds of the people they are trying to engage. This will help them develop empathy and understanding of the beneficiary groups. In addition we aim to improve the long term impact of the creative experience by engaging care support workers, allowing them to help relieve that social isolation on a daily basis.

While discussing the next phase of the project, it became clear that the challenging part of the project will be finding a way to immerse the creative practitioners into the worlds of our project beneficiaries, but still allow them planning and reflective time which is so important.

The first immersive session will be held at The Stimul building in Terneuzen, Netherlands later in November and will be focussed on older people in care. Watch this space for some emotional reflective experiences!!!