Creative arts team wants volunteers to help older people

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Volunteers are being sought to help a creative arts organisation improve the quality of life of older people.

Verd de Gris, a not-for-profit company based in Hebden Bridge, works to develop a range of stimulating projects for older people, creating opportunities for artistic expression and advocating new ways of working with and responding to their needs.

Volunteers are needed to support and help sustain an innovative programme of creative activities aimed at improving the health and social integration of older people in Calderdale.

Particular emphasis is placed on supporting people experiencing early signs of dementia, and people over 60 who are isolated and therefore at greater risk of developing mental health problems. Workshops are based on intergenerational exchange, visual arts, dance and movement, creative writing and reminiscence.

Speaking about the need for volunteers, Verd de Gris founder Jeff Turner said: “The number of volunteers who have expressed an interest or taken part in one or more of the dementia sessions is now up to 17 in just four months, but the more the merrier.

“The overall aim of the project is to support the care sector to make sure older people’s emotional and creative wellbeing is always considered. Using engaging activities in a creative way can positively impact on other aspects of wellbeing, supporting recovery and helping to establish important patterns of behaviour such as sharing a meal, conversing and engaging with a group.”

Verd de Gris is a creative partner of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and as a result is part of a growing infrastructure of community organisations who are working with the Trust to provide creative projects to local people. To find out more contact Jeff on 01422 845667 or visit the website for more details: www.verd-de-gris.co.uk