Artists to visit Aboyne

Spare Tyre, one of the UK’s leading participatory arts companies will be visiting Allachburn Care Home in Aboyne during October as part of Aberdeenshire Council’s Older People’s Week and Age Scotland’s Luminate Festival.

Spare Tyre artists have researched and developed new methods of working with older people who have dementia in a creative, person-centred and empowering way. The programme, Once Upon a Time, involves interactive storytelling workshops using multi-media including projection, light, touch, sound and smell. All are all used to inspire the imaginations of the participants.

Artistic director of Spare Tyre, Arti Prashar said: “The programme includes facilitated learning for care staff. By working with staff we hope to gently facilitate a change in the way we reach out to the most isolated and forgotten in our society.”

Once Upon a Time was piloted in London in 2010 and was highly successful. Clear evidence of progress was seen in people with dementia including physical and verbal responses. They will be visiting the care home on the 4th and 11th October delivering the programme three times on each occasion.

Spare Tyre was founded back in 1979 and aims to give a voice to voiceless communities. Right now they work with women who have experienced sexual violence, adults with learning difficulties as well as people over the age of 60, especially those suffering from dementia.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee Cllr Karen Clark said: “Recent pilot projects in Aberdeenshire and throughout the UK have shown that participation in the arts can improve mental health and wellbeing, and aid cognition. Despite this national research shows the number of older people participating in the arts in Aberdeenshire is 20% lower than the Scottish average.”

Spare Tyre will appear at the care home during Aberdeenshire Older People’s Week. International Older People’s Day is on the 1st October every year. For the second year in a row Aberdeenshire Council is running a week of events around this day to celebrate the contribution older people make to Aberdeenshire.

Local groups are being contacted inviting them to get involved in celebrating Older People’s Week. It is envisaged that events will start on the 1st and continue through to the 7th October. Any group that is holding an event for Older People’s Week should send details of their group and planned event to lesley.mackenzie@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.