Life Circles supports
the health and creativity of older people through inspirational, movement led, arts activity in care settings.
About Life Circles
Over the last two years, 45 care settings in Somerset and Devon have been offered inspiring Life Circles sessions that use movement, poetry, music, memories and imaginative leaps to engage,transport and enhance the lives of older people.
Life Circles continues to work in partnership with managers and care staff to improve the atmosphere and activities offered to their residents and embed creativity and energy into the culture of how we care for our elders.
Find out how what we can offer your residents and staff in a subsidised taster session.
Our sessions aim to address health and well-being issues and include work on body posture, muscle strength, falls prevention, improved breathing, flexibility and core strength.
All our exercises spring from creative ideas as a way of engaging the mind, the heart and the spirit throughout the sessions. The workshops allow people to use their imagination to remember and feel experiences and engage fully with life past and present. We use touch and sensory work with props and visual aids as powerful tools to bring people into the present.
Integral to the project is the training we offer to artists and care staff.
An inspirational day for dance artists, activity co-ordinators and carers interested in developing engaging arts activities in care settings.
We offer two care staff from each setting the opportunity to train with us to support them in running sessions in between our visits. As part of this training, carers are invited to a National Training day and given a 35-minute Life Circles training film and a Resource Pack.
"These workshops are brilliant, so full of life and fun, we want them every week."
Activity Co-ordinator, Abbeyfield Care Home
The Life Circles Team
The Life Circles team are all qualified, skilled, experienced community arts and health practitioners with a training in dance and body work. They have many years experience of working in care settings, running innovative and engaging sensory sessions that energise the body, capture the imagination and lift the spirits.
"This work is very important to the health and well-being of people losing their independence. It is an essential activity to maintain a person's autonomy."
Vicky Jenson, Care Assistant
Watch an extract from the training film to give you a real idea of the power of a Life Circles session:
To date this project has been funded by Arts Council England and the Baring Foundation.