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23 October 2017

Creating artists in residents: a national arts in care homes participatory and mentoring programme

Age Cymru
Evaluation of Age Cymru's highly successful cARTrefu programme which organised residencies for professional artists in care home across Wales.


This evaluation investigated the first phase of the cARTrefu programme, which delivered nearly 2,000 hours of multi-form arts provision to over 1,500 residents in 122 care homes in Wales. A second phase started in 2017. This evaluation found that cARTrefu has had a significant impact on older people’s wellbeing. It has also changed staff attitudes towards residents, especially those with dementia, and gave them more confidence in leading creative activities themselves.