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A community arts programme for older people: an evaluation
Stickley, Theodore; Hui, Ada M.L.; Souter, Gary; Mills, Danielle
Ada M.L. Hui firstname.lastname@example.org
This paper presents an evaluation of a community based arts programme for older people in Nottinghamshire.
The evaluation was conducted using a combination of pre and post-initiative quantitative questionnaires and qualitative focus group interviews. This article focuses upon the findings from the focus groups.
Participants reported feeling more positively about ageing and being more motivated to pursue new opportunities at the end of the programme. Five themes emerged from the focus group interviews, namely i) age and ageing, ii)
the finished product, iii) new opportunities, iv) aspirations and the future and v) personal benefits. These related to increased confidence, having greater creative expression, meaningful occupation and opportunities for socialisation.
The programme was found to be successful in helping individuals feel more positive about their age, to feel more confident and motivated, to engage with others through mutual creativity, as well as to challenge negative social stereotypes of older people.
The paper will be of relevance and value to those working with older people and those with an interest in the arts. This evaluation demonstrates the diversity of the older population with older citizen’s voices being at the heart of the programme.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Mar 14, 2016|
|Journal||Mental Health and Social Inclusion|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Stickley, T., Hui, A. M., Souter, G., & Mills, D. (2016). A community arts programme for older people: an evaluation. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 20(1), 22-28. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-07-2015-0027|
|Keywords||Arts; Community arts; Older people; Age; Ageing; Evaluation|
|Copyright Statement||Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf|
Stickley Hui Souter Mills (2016) A Community Arts programme for Older People.pdf
Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
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