Finding the Words

Finding the Words

On 25 May 2018 we celebrated the end of our community project, Finding the Words, with a special showcase to great success. The event was the culmination of 18 weeks of collaborative work between our community engagement team, Applewood Care Home in Bramley, and local artists from around Hampshire.

Aimed at those with dementia, the project encouraged residents from Applewood Care Home to tell their stories through song, dance and poetry to increase confidence and build relationships.
 
The project saw Matt L.T. Smith and Mollie Russell deliver six weeks of poetry, followed by Steve Sammut from the Rock and Pop Foundation in Andover work with the group for six weeks to create musical responses to some of the poems. The final six weeks used recordings of the songs to devise movement and dance pieces with Integr8 Dance.
 
As a result of this project, Matt L.T. Smith wrote a poem influenced by the work he created here. The poem was published by The Barbican Centre and is available in a collection on sale at the venue.
 
We will be continuing this project with different groups from Applewood Care Home.