Objective: The successful delivery of a large-scale arts and well-being festival for Older People across all the five Health and Social Care Trust areas.Arts Care secured funding from the Public Health Agency to host a further year’s delivery of the “Here & Now” Older People’s Arts and Well-being Festival until March 2018. The festival involved older well people and people who live with challenging conditions of older age such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson Disease.The range of festival activity included contemporary dance, music, drama, jewellery art, digital arts, creative writing, poetry, film-making and photography, digital art.Measure: The impact of the ‘Here & Now’ Festival was measured through the following key performance indicators and tools:Participant Experience - a series of monitoring forms were completed by participants and healthcare/community staff to secure data on the quality of the participant’s experience, highlighting enhanced quality of life as the primary measurement indicator. Support was offered to vulnerable older participants by qualified staff to ensure accuracy of feedback and that the voice of the older person was authentically represented.
Standards of Practice and Performance - photographic and film documentation secured an overview of the levels of standards of arts practice and participant response throughout the project across all Health and Social Care Trust areas. The data was analysed and presented to provide robust evidence of levels of best delivery practice or otherwise.Ability to deliver on set targets – Individual reports across all funders were provided to demonstrate that Arts Care has delivered all projects on target as proposed.art works, short films, music, dance and drama performances created by the participating older people’s groups, children and service users. The art works and performances were showcased in venues such as the Baby Grand, Crescent Arts Centre and the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.