Ageing Voices and Creative Ireland

Ageing Voices and Creative Ireland

We are delighted to announce that Sing Ireland is one of the national partner organisations supported by the Government’s new Creativity In Older Age Programme.

The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin has announced a €500,000 investment in the Creative Ireland Programme’s new ‘Creativity in Older Age’ programme, to be delivered by the Creative Ireland Programme through its strategic national partners and the local authorities. It has been designed to counteract the social side effects of the pandemic, will begin immediately and will be rolled out over the next 18 months.

As part of this, the Creative Ireland Programme will support Sing Ireland’s Ageing Voices project, produced in partnership with Creative Aging International, to produce resources and best practice training programmes for musicians and carers working with older people when it is safe to do so.

Commenting on the need for creative activity for older people, Minister Catherine Martin T.D. said:

“The effect of the pandemic on our older citizens has been devastating. Through necessity they have had to isolate themselves away from family and friends and in doing so have lost the social links that generate contentment, confidence and mental wellbeing. My department knows the arts and creative programmes can help to rebuild the social connections that have been lost.”

Other projects include a series of creative residencies concentrating on dance, music and performance in six care settings around the country delivered by Age and Opportunity, a research project with The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) to measure the effects of participation in social and creative activities on the health and wellbeing of adults aged 50+ and Renew, a multi-arts programme specifically for older people cocooning which will be part of the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing developed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) and the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) will deliver a programme of projects designed to give meaning to the difficulties experienced by dying, death and bereavement.

In addition to the national programme, Creative Ireland will also deliver 25 creative projects for older people with our local authority partners around the country.

Commenting on the participation of local authorities in Creative Ireland’s Positive Ageing and Creative Well Being Programme, Minister Catherine Martin T.D. said:

“The enthusiasm and energy behind the projects that will be delivered by the local authorities is extraordinary. They are truly imaginative and are innately responsive to the needs of their community. I am delighted to be able to support such thoughtful and engaging projects for our older citizens.”

For more information on the Creative Ireland Programme Creativity in Older Age programme, please go to creativeireland.gov.ie

Sing Ireland places importance in the value and positive impact of singing at all stages of life. Strategically, Sing Ireland sets out to develop programmes and initiatives that will make practical contributions to the development of high-quality singing experiences across Irish society. Sing Ireland has worked with national partners on the delivery of projects for the ageing demographic over a long number of years. As well as this, Sing Ireland has many member singing groups who specialise in projects and run choirs for people in older life.

There is a particular emphasis on the improved health and well-being that singing can bring to those involved in these groups/projects. There is also expertise within our membership and network of musicians and carers, who work in a specialised way and with great acquired and practical knowledge of best practice in delivery.

Published 21 July 2020
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