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Arts & Older People Programme
Fionnuala Walsh
Head of Community & Participatory Arts
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The pilot three year programme (2010 – 2013) was
structured to address the Arts Council’s 5 year strategy,
specifically ad...
Strategic Themes of the Programme
• Isolation and Loneliness – working with older people to
combat feelings of isolation a...
The second phase programme (2013 – 2016) was informed by
the findings of the independent evaluation of the pilot scheme.
K...
Arts and Older People Programme: Update
Since 2010, the programme has achieved the following:
• 97 projects awarded fundin...
Aims
• Evaluate the impact of the Programme against the 5
strategic themes of loneliness, social inclusion, poverty,
healt...
Data Collection Process
• Participant Entry/Exit Questionnaires – (WEMWBS & 3pt
Loneliness scale)
• Audience Form
• Artist...
Arts and Older People Programme
Evaluation – Who took part?
75%
female
60%
60-
79yrs
18%
>80yrs
41%
live
alone
26% SA
38%
...
Previous Arts Involvement
• 58% attended/participated in arts events
• Men & 70+ less likely
• NRAs involvement higher
• M...
High Level Outcomes:
• Reported arts attendance & participation increased
• Challenged stereotypes of older people
• Chall...
• Gaps in coverage – Fermanagh, Tyrone
• Gaps in representation – males, 80+, isolated
• Varying levels of older people in...
Arts and Older People Programme
Evaluation – Needs
Grass-
roots
approach
Support
for low
capacity
groups
Better
targeting
...
Arts and Older People Programme
Steering Group
• Arts Council of Northern Ireland
• Public Health Agency
• Arts Care
• Age...
Arts and Older People Programme
Future (2/3 years)
The future programme has been designed around delivery of the key
eleme...
Arts and Older People Programme
THANK YOU
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Fionnuala Walsh: The Art of wellbeing

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Fionnuala Walsh: The Art of wellbeing

  1. 1. Arts & Older People Programme Fionnuala Walsh Head of Community & Participatory Arts Arts Council of Northern Ireland
  2. 2. The pilot three year programme (2010 – 2013) was structured to address the Arts Council’s 5 year strategy, specifically addressing Theme 3: Growing Audiences and Increasing Participation. The programme aimed at using the arts as a creative vehicle to explore and highlight social justice issues effecting older people through a series of artist-led interventions. Funded by: • Arts Council Lottery • The Atlantic Philanthropies Total Funding: £700,000 Arts and Older People Programme : Phase 1
  3. 3. Strategic Themes of the Programme • Isolation and Loneliness – working with older people to combat feelings of isolation and loneliness. • Social Inclusion – working to create a more peaceful, fair and inclusive community that does not discriminate against age and ethnicity. • Poverty – working to improve the quality of life of older people living in disadvantaged and deprived areas of Northern Ireland. • Health Issues/Mental Health Issues – working to promote and provide opportunities for active ageing. • Strengthening the Voice of Older People – working to strengthen and develop the voice of older people/
  4. 4. The second phase programme (2013 – 2016) was informed by the findings of the independent evaluation of the pilot scheme. Key Elements included; • Grants Programme • Artists Training • Carers Training • Festival • Evaluation Funded by: • Arts Council Lottery • Public Health Agency • The Baring Foundation • Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Total Funding: £757,000 Arts and Older People Programme : Phase 2
  5. 5. Arts and Older People Programme: Update Since 2010, the programme has achieved the following: • 97 projects awarded funding • 9,100 participants • Average participant age 72 Current evaluation to be completed December 2016 A total of £1.7million has been invested to date
  6. 6. Aims • Evaluate the impact of the Programme against the 5 strategic themes of loneliness, social inclusion, poverty, health/dementia & advocacy. • Provide an evidence base to highlight the value of arts activity in addressing and highlighting key social justice issues amongst the older population. Arts and Older People Programme: Findings
  7. 7. Data Collection Process • Participant Entry/Exit Questionnaires – (WEMWBS & 3pt Loneliness scale) • Audience Form • Artist Evaluation Survey • Monitoring Report • End of Project Report Arts and Older People Programme: Evaluation
  8. 8. Arts and Older People Programme Evaluation – Who took part? 75% female 60% 60- 79yrs 18% >80yrs 41% live alone 26% SA 38% rural areas 27% NRAs
  9. 9. Previous Arts Involvement • 58% attended/participated in arts events • Men & 70+ less likely • NRAs involvement higher • Mobility – additional barrier Arts and Older People Programme Evaluation – Who took part?
  10. 10. High Level Outcomes: • Reported arts attendance & participation increased • Challenged stereotypes of older people • Challenged perceptions of the arts • Heightened visibility of older people’s issues • Older people part of the community • Personal & organisational benefits for partners • Feel good programme Arts and Older People Programme: Evaluation
  11. 11. • Gaps in coverage – Fermanagh, Tyrone • Gaps in representation – males, 80+, isolated • Varying levels of older people involved in DESIGN • Varying levels of “getting it” • Elitist perception remains Arts and Older People Programme Evaluation – But………..
  12. 12. Arts and Older People Programme Evaluation – Needs Grass- roots approach Support for low capacity groups Better targeting Support for Partners Age sector Advocacy
  13. 13. Arts and Older People Programme Steering Group • Arts Council of Northern Ireland • Public Health Agency • Arts Care • Age NI • Engage with Age • Independent Health & Care Providers • Dementia NI • Age Friendly Belfast • Commissioner for Older People Northern Ireland • Institute for Conflict Research
  14. 14. Arts and Older People Programme Future (2/3 years) The future programme has been designed around delivery of the key elements with emphasis on areas identified through the evaluation of the phase two programme. Key Elements include: • Grants Programme • Artists Training • Carers Training • Festival • Evaluation Priority Areas are: • Areas of Deprivation • Isolation and Loneliness • Older Men • Carers
  15. 15. Arts and Older People Programme THANK YOU Any Questions?

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