ARC Stockton Arts Centre Group Leader

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Group Leader required to support delivery of a creative arts programme for people living with dementia, their families and carers


ARC is looking for a Group Leader to support Creative Age, a new programme of activity for people living with dementia, their families and carers, to be run in collaboration with Equal Arts, Gateshead. The project will involve working with professional artists, using Imagination models of engagement, across a range of artforms.

ARC runs a highly successful and extensive programme of activity for older people, and is working to increase access to arts activity for older people who face barriers to participating. Equal Arts is an organisation which aims to improve the life of older people through providing creative activities, working in partnership with culture, health and social care organisations.

The purpose of this project is to provide regular creative activities for independent people experiencing the early stages of dementia, their families and carers. The project will deliver sessions using Imagination models of engagement, which are non-linear and do not rely on memory. It is planned that the project will initially run for 18 months, offering creative sessions across a range of artforms, in a series of activity blocks. Towards the end of project period, participants and other community groups will undertake a one-off fundraising creative challenge/event, to help support the future sustainability of the project.

The objectives of the project are:

  • Positive creative experiences for people living with dementia, which focus on abilities and what people living with dementia can achieve
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Improved motivation
  • Skills gained in artistic activities
  • Engaging with other creative and community groupsThe post of Group Leader is designed to bring to the project significant direct experience of working with people living with dementia.

The post will offer participants a consistent presence through the life of the project and directly support the artists who are delivering creative activities. We envisage that the post would be suitable for people with a background in health or social care, or an artist with significant experience of working with people living with dementia.

The project is funded by Arts Council England, Comic Relief, Ballinger Charitable Trust and Northern Rock Foundation. It is anticipated that delivery will begin in early autumn 2015 and run for approximately 72 weeks

 The Group Leader will need to deliver the following outcomes:
  • To provide advice and support to participants attending sessions
  • To provide specialist advice and support to artists, in relation to the needs of people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers
  • To enable all those attending to take part and enjoy the sessions
  • To support artists to enable participants to use their creative ideas to take part in the project
  • To ensure all participants involved have an opportunity to share their ideas
  • To ensure the participants’ safety and wellbeing at all times and to adhere to ARC’s safeguarding policies
  • To undertake regular evaluation of the participants’ experience, along with the professional artists, to feed into a full project evaluation

We require a practitioner with the following experience:

  • A proven track record of working with adults living with dementia
  • A proven track record of working on collaborative projects
  • A proven track record of working on projects which respond to the interests and ideas of participants
  • A proven track record of, or interest in, working with creative artists
  • An ability to work alongside participants to develop and progress their individual talents,allowing participants to contribute positively to the project outcomes

We welcome applications from individuals, or from organisations who may be interested in seconding a member of staff to work on the project on a weekly basis.


Weekly fee of £60 per session (approximately 2 hours per week, probably on a Tuesday morning) including travel and subsistence.

In addition, there is a small budget to cover the Group Leader’s contribution to delivering project training events.

Application Process

Please submit brief overview of how you would approach working with the client group to by email putting “Creative Age project” in the subject header. Please include contact details for two referees and attach your CV (organisations should attach the CV of the person they wish to second to the project). Applications to be received by 10am on Friday 21st August 2015.

We are committed to ensuring that this opportunity is open and accessible to everyone. If you experience or anticipate any barriers within the application process, or require any help to make an application, please contact us as soon as possible.

Carers Education Sessions

Carers Education Sessions

Carers Education Sessions – Each session will have 10 paces available, so its important that you let us know if you are unable to attend so that your place can be reallocated.

Carers Education Sessions

Dementia Awareness Week 2015

Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia Awareness Week is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society. The Alzheimer’s Society is a UK charity which provides support and research for those affected by dementia.

In the UK, there are about 800,000 people with dementia; it is estimated that around 400,000 people have dementia but do not know it. By raising awareness about this condition, it is hoped that more people will be diagnosed earlier, giving more time for them to come to terms with future symptoms.

We will be releasing information about activities and events during Dementia Awareness Week in the next few weeks.

Tilly Bailey and Irvine Solicitors join drive to make Stockton more dementia friendly

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors has become the first law firm to be officially recognised as part of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project.

The Dementia Friendly Stockton Project is part of a national initiative to encourage communities to become more dementia-friendly. The Stockton project was launched by Cleveland Alzheimer’s in February 2014, with the aim of ensuring that those living with dementia, and their carers, can remain active and included within their local community. In recognition of the initiatives and training put in place by Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors, the firm has now been recognised for its commitment to become a Dementia-Friendly’ firm.

Peter Otter, Dementia Friendly Stockton’s Communities Link Worker, commented: “There is often a need for those with dementia, and their carers, to seek legal services, and Tilly Bailey & Irvine has trained its staff and made alterations in its offices to ensure that its services are accessible.“

Since its launch, the Dementia Friendly Stockton Project has accepted 20 member companies, which are recognised as having appropriate plans in place to ensure that those with dementia and their carers are welcome and are served appropriately.

Peter added: “As companies will make changes to accommodate anyone with physical disabilities, so we would like them to consider taking appropriate measures to make those with dementia just as welcome.  We want local businesses like Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors to consider elements such as the physical environment, signage and staff training, and we are here to help businesses develop a strategy.  We would welcome the opportunity to work with and advise any local companies that feel they too can become Dementia-Friendly.“

Nicola Dalzell, a solicitor who specialises in Wills, Probate and Trusts, said: “All our staff are keen to ensure that those living with dementia and their families get an excellent and understanding service from our legal teams, and we’re proud to be able to display the Dementia-Friendly logo.

We have qualified and appropriately-trained teams to serve the needs of those with dementia. For instance, anyone in the early stages of dementia should ensure they have a Lasting Power of Attorney nominating a person or persons who they wish to make decisions on their behalf if they are no longer able.

The Dementia Friendly Stockton scheme is reaching out into this community, doing an important job of raising awareness and sharing information on how to make any business or service accessible to those with dementia. We’re keen to encourage other businesses in Stockton to find out more, to put an appropriate strategy in place, and to become recognised member companies. It really will benefit our community as a whole.“

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors is the Tees Valley’s largest full service law firm with offices in Hartlepool, Wynyard Park, Stockton on Tees and Barnard Castle.

To find out more about the Dementia Friendly Stockton project you can visit the project’s website at or contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on 01642 611110 or email

North Star Housing Group join project

A local housing association has become the latest organisation to join the drive for Stockton to become a more dementia-friendly community.

North Star Hosing Group, which includes Endeavour Housing Association and Teesdale Housing Association, is working to increase awareness and understanding among its personnel. This will help assist the team to identify the signs that might suggest a person is living with dementia and ensure people receive information and support at an early stage.

North Star Housing Group has become the nineteenth organisation to join the project. All members of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project will display the ‘Working to become dementia friendly’ symbol to show their commitment.

Chair of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project, Peter Otter explained “’Housing providers can make a real difference to the lives of people with dementia so it’s great that North Star Housing Group have made a public commitment to becoming dementia friendly.

The approaches and interventions being adopted by North Star Housing Group will help people living with dementia to receive a diagnosis and will support people to live independently for longer. I hope that other housing providers across Stockton follow North Star Housing Group’s example and look at what they can do to become more dementia friendly.”

To find out which organisations have committed to becoming more dementia friendly and how your organisation can join the project please contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on 01642 611110 or email  

More local organisations commit to becoming dementia friendly

Three more organisations have committed to supporting the on-going work to make Stockton-on-Tees more dementia friendly.

The ARC, Tesco Extra Stockton and Tilly, Bailey and Irvine Solicitors have all joined the Dementia Friendly Stockton project and have each set out a plan of what they will do to help them meet the needs of their customers living with dementia.

Among other things, the organisations have each committed to increasing awareness and understanding among their personnel and will look at how their premises can be made more dementia friendly.

The Dementia Friendly Stockton project is working with local businesses and other organisations to help them deliver their services in a way that is accessible to and inclusive of people living with dementia. Organisations that sign up to become more dementia friendly will display the ‘Working to become dementia friendly’ symbol to show their commitment.

There are currently 18 members of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project with many more organisations expected to join soon. The current members of the project are:

  • 3 ScoreYears&10 CIC
  • Age UK Teesside
  • The ARC
  • The Avalon Group
  • Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Centre
  • Cleveland Fire Brigade
  • The Halcyon Centre
  • Hand in Hand Care
  • JD Training Solutions Ltd
  • Lloyds Bank
  • North Tees Dementia Collaborative
  • The Rosedale Centre
  • Sally and Sarah Care Ltd
  • St John the Baptist Parish Church
  • Stockton Library Service
  • Synergy VCS
  • Tesco Extra
  • Tilly Bailey and Irvine Solicitors

To find out more about the Dementia Friendly Stockton project or to learn how your organisation can join the project please contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on (01642) 611110 or email