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Musical Mornings in Clonakilty

Creative Carers musical mornings in Clonakilty
Composer Justin Grounds will be running a series of four weekly coffee mornings for Carers starting on Wednesday April 12th at the new Green Dot cafe in Clonakilty. The sessions will be an informal and relaxed opportunity to connect with other Carers in the community and explore ways to bring music and creativity into our daily lives with those we care for. We will discuss and share some of our favourite music, find out how to make playlists and share them, explore rhythms and melodies and even some creative haiku writing with guest artist Tess Leak.
Participation is free – booking essential. To book your place, email Justin:
The Creative Carers Programme was launched in 2022 to provide enjoyable social and creative engagement opportunities for family carers – people who provide care for a loved one in the home.
Managed by Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre as part of Arts for Health Partnership, the programme is currently delivered by composer and musician Justin Grounds and visual artist Sarah Ruttle. In its first year, the aim was to better understand the experience of carers in the community and to design a programme of activities that caters to the creative and cultural interests and needs of its participants.

Creative Carers was delivered in four strands in 2022 to give the family carers different ways to access the arts.

Creative Carers at Uillinn – an activity workshop series exploring visual art techniques, held on Wednesday evenings at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre.

In the Picture – dementia friendly gallery tours for people living with dementia and their family or professional carers.

Creative Carers @Home – a series of 6 one-to-one creative sessions with a professional artist at home. Designed to open conversation on art and culture in the home, through shared creative activities for family carers and the person they care for.

Community Outreach – stand alone workshops in community and local resource centres and to engage in an arts activity while raising awareness about the Creative Carer programme and other support services.

In its first year Creative Cares involved 3 creative workshop series, led 2 In the Picture sessions, worked with 4 families @Home and ran 3 outreach workshops – all culminating in a celebration at DeBarra’s Clonakilty.