LAPWING Arts & Wellbeing Training for Kent’s Artists & Creatives

Professional Development Opportunity


Practical Professional Development Opportunity: Live Art Practice Wellbeing Inspired Network Group

This is a 4 part session training programme, between 23rd April and 6th August.
Cost: £80 for the whole programme
(discounted to £64 for Kent Creative Live members).
See Dates at the bottom of the page

Kent Creative Arts CIC, Age UK Canterbury and others share a vision to help create more ‘dementia-friendly’ and ‘mental health-alert’ communities.
This prestigious programme is funded by the Arts Council England, Canterbury City Council, NHS Canterbury & Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group and other local partners.

Artists and creatives can play a valuable and rewarding part in delivering wellbeing /quality of life outcomes for vulnerable people. This is about empathy, understanding, keeping people safe, occupational therapy insights, skilled arts (and people) facilitation and more.  It offers an excellent grounding for those with less experience of working with vulnerable adults or those with complex needs.

Four interactive sessions will be facilitated by a highly experienced and accredited professional team, over four half days at AgeUK Canterbury.
Participants need to commit to attend all four sessions & complete some task work prep and reflective work between sessions leading up to the live peer sharing case study session event in August.


Participants will:

  1. Gain insight into their own personal attributes, skills, inhibitions and challenges
  2. Gain insight into creating a safe framework within which to mutually nurture the wellbeing of participants and the artist
  3. Have introduction into the main types of dementia and their possible effects and how they might relate to enabling creative arts activities


Participants will:

  1. Build on from the personal insights gained in session 1
  2. Introduction to mental ill-health conditions and their possible effects and how they might relate to enabling creative arts activities
  3. Expand on building skills and knowledge of designing creative activities with occupational therapy and other practice models in min
  4. Gain knowledge of the practical elements of working with staff and volunteers


Participants will

  1. Continue to build on personal insights gained relating to planning and designing activities
  2. Gain insight into safe-guarding of self and others
  3. Gain insight into developing partnerships to identify need, fund and run activities
  4. Have the opportunity to plan and design an arts activity using a case study scenario


Participants will:

  1. Be invited to demonstrate some of their case study arts activity to the group
  2. Be invited to reflect on and share their experiences with fellow-LAPWING participants
  3. Celebrate progress and identify continued areas of need
  4. Explore how to develop a supportive network to nurture LAPWING practitioners’ future practice.

The LAPWING programme will:

  • Give artists and creatives greater confidence and to add to their ‘tool box’ of skills and qualities;
  • Help participants to work creatively, specifically with adults with mental ill-health and/or dementia;
  • Offer a learning opportunity through experiential exercises, reflection and taught lessons for Artists to explore and develop a range of practical and important policy issues.

This will be to:

  • Consider their personal and professional motivations for wanting to undertake creative work with vulnerable adults;
  • Learn ‘to hold’ their own needs in mind and acknowledge gaps in learning or need for mentoring support/further training needs;
  • Consider what skills and qualities the artists has to bring to the sessions from previous work and life experience;
  • Gain knowledge of types of dementia and mental ill-health and how they might affect people;
  • Develop insights on building trust, developing rapport and communicating appropriately with adults with varied needs and difficulties;
  • Discuss legal issues and safe-guarding for the vulnerable adult and the artist working with them;
  • Build personal confidence to work in a public setting with ideas for tools and techniques in practice;
  • Gain information on different methods of teaching and supporting which balance nurture, relationship building and challenge appropriately;
  • Gain advice on building delivery partnerships for setting up creative groups (e.g. KCC, local authority, dementia/mental health charities, arts venues, academic institutions, legal and funding advisors);
  • Gain advice on initiating/maintaining a network of peer supporters to share of practice issues.

The team

  • Dr Trish Vella-Burrows | Lead trainer
  • Gerry Atkinson | Support Trainer
  • Tracie Peisley | Support trainer
  • Fay Blair | Facilitator and evaluator

More about team members HERE

This programme will be evaluated with support from Canterbury Christ Church University and a steering group.
The plan is to develop other modules for delivery beyond March 2017. This will offer more opportunities for artists and creatives, to build the capacity of Kent’s talented professionals, who want to help improve the wellbeing of people through offering highly sociable group arts experiences.

  • Listen to Fay Blair talking about the programme HERE on the Kent Creative Live Show.


This is a 4 part session training programme. Participants commit to doing one option for each session. Each session is run twice. We offer you a choice of dates:


Saturday 23 April  | morning: 10.00 – 13.30 (repeated on Thursday 28 April | evening: 16.30 – 20.00)


Monday 9 May | evening: 16.30 – 20.00 (repeated on Saturday 14 May | afternoon: 13.30 – 17.00)


Thursday  2 June | evening: 16.30 – 20.00 (repeated on Thursday 30 June | evening: 16.30 – 20.00)


Thursday 4 August | evening: 16.30 – 20.00 (repeated on Saturday 6 August  | morning:  10.00 – 13.30)

Email your date choices to  Fay Blair fayblair[at]hotmail[dot]com after you book the programme.



Age UK Canterbury, The Centre, Castle Row, Canterbury CT1 2QY


All 4 sessions : £80  (full price) | £64 for members of Kent Creative Live (20% discount)
(inclusive of materials, handbook, teas/coffees)

We regret that will be unable to issue refunds

For futher information contact Fay Blair 07786 307 664 | fayblair[at]hotmail[dot]com