Project Partnerships, Funding and Evaluation

Project Partnerships, Funding and Evaluation

Learning from Oxford’s Creative Dementia Arts Network (CDAN) and their recent ‘FLOURISH’ project.

This session will help participants to:

  • Gain insight into developing partnerships to identify need, fund and run activities
  • Explore how to develop a supportive network to nurture LAPWING practitioners’ future practice.
  • 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.


  • 1300 – 1330: Arrive & register
  • 1330 – 1340: Welcome & purpose of the session – Fay Blair – Lapwing Project Manager
  • 1340– 1400: CDAN & THE FLOURISH PROJECT – Maria Parsons, CEO
  • 1405 – 1420: THE ARTIST’S PERSPECTIVE: Clare Carswell, Practising artist from ‘FLOURISH’
  • 1420 – 1445: Comfort/ tea break – AND Working out your 3 ‘burning questions’ to Maria & Clare
  • 1445 – 1515: Questions/discussion Facilitated by Trish Vella-Burrows & Fay Blair
  • 1515-1535: Group work: Scope for collaboration? What’s important & why? What next?
  • 1535- 1600: Feedback from groups – facilitated by Trish Vella-Burrows
  • 1600 – 1630 Summary refection and feedback Trish Vella-Burrows & Fay Blair



  • CDAN’s Chief Executive, Maria Pasiecznik Parsons. Creative Dementia Arts Network is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.
  • Clare Carswell, an experienced artist who has worked with people with dementia and is one of the FLOURISH group who worked at a new ‘high end’ Extra Care Sheltered complex in a Cotswold village


£5 to go towards the event costs


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



Fay Blair – fayblair[at]hotmail[pot]com


This programme is about training arts practitioners to work with people with dementia

  • FLOURISH is a training programme for arts practitioners developed by Creative Dementia Arts Network in response to an identified need to skill up this sector of the dementia workforce who use music, dance, drama, song, words, visual art, craft and other art forms to engage with people with dementia.
  • The programme was funded by Oxfordshire Community Foundation and the Oxfordshire Arts Partnership. It was piloted in Oxfordshire.
  • FLOURISH aimed to provide Oxfordshire arts practitioners with a person centred understanding of dementia, skills in communicating with people with dementia, and confidence to plan and deliver creative arts session to people with dementia.
  • CDAN’s Chief Executive, Maria Pasiecznik Parsons acted a course tutor and practitioners were allocated mentors. The FLOURISH training programme included workshops and attendance at CDAN’s annual national conference.
  • Practice learning opportunities were provided for arts practitioners in day centres, care homes, extra care sheltered units and a museum where they were expected to plan and deliver an 8 week one hour creative arts programme for people with dementia.
  • Formative evaluation indicates that the pilot has been effective in in enhancing FLOURISH arts practitioners’ understanding of a person centred approach to dementia and with equipping them with the requisite skills and knowledge that enable them to take into account the effects of dementia in planning and delivering art programmes.