We are delighted to be supported by the Coronavirus Community Support Fund to bring Arts on Call to communities in Devon. Arts On Call will connect some of our more isolated older people to their communities through inspiring, imaginative music and movement. We will bring pavements and windows alive with colour, music and movement and we want to reach out to some of the people in Devon who are hardest hit by the pandemic: those at greatest risk of increased isolation, loneliness and poor mental health. We know that some people are not comfortable with digital communication and do not want to use screens to stay in touch, so the project activity will offer other ways to connect and engage. It’s happening in real life!
We are looking for locations, care homes and sheltered housing to work with to start spreading the joy of Arts On Call. We might even be able to pay a visit to your street!
The activity will take place in Torbay, Buckfastleigh area, North Devon and Exeter.
Some of the ways we are connecting are;
- Doorstep dance and music: Co-ordinated visits to play music and dance on doorsteps (at a safe distance!) or through care home windows, led by our experienced community dance practitioners and musicians. We are trialing an ‘on call’ service – inviting grandchildren, friends and neighbours and so on to contact us to request a pop-up event on their street or the doorstep of an older person who they know might be feeling lonely.
- Creative activities through the post. We are delighted to be collaborating with Dance Centred and their very successful Physical Postcards offer. (Find out more here)
- Dance on the radio! We are creating some simple, fun movement sessions over the radio, in partnership with community radio stations. Led by community dance artists and designed to be for everyone whether sitting down in a care home lounge or standing in your kitchen!
If you know someone who is isolated and would enjoy some uplifting dance and music brought to their street or outside a care home, please get in touch and we will do our best to arrange a visit to them! The following dates are still available in 2021:
22nd February – Torquay
25th February – Buckfastleigh/Ashburton
4th March – Exeter
11th March – Totnes
18th March Buckfastleigh/Ashburton
24th March – Exeter
Give us a call on 07305 141579 or email us at email@example.com .
UPDATE: Regarding the new Tier 5 restrictions as of 5th January 2021, we will continue to deliver this project however will focus primarily on outdoor care home setting thus avoiding too much disturbance to public spaces.
Please note: Dance in Devon will adhere to the Government’s Covid-19 guidance at all times to keep everyone safe. Photo/videos may be taken but please let us know if you prefer not to be on camera!
Meet our practitioners: Rebecca, Clare, Rosie and Hugh!
If you would like to volunteer on this project, joining our artists delivering dance and music on doorsteps, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date(s) you are available. Please note, due to Covid-19 regulations you will need to provide your own transport between locations.
This project has been supported by the Coronavirus Community Support Fund distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. We are working in partnership with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Dance Centred for this project.