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

This four part series programme of training modules with mentoring is for committed and talented artists and creatives in Kent who want to make a difference to the wellbeing of Kent’s vulnerable, particularly older people.
Tools, techniques, vital policy and practice, with valuable know-how, interactive, reflective, experiential learning sessions, and supported mentoring are included.

  • See image gallery from HERE

  • Interview with Julie Davieson the Kent Creative Live Show #24 -03-05-2016  HERE
  • Interview with Julie Davies and Sue Toft Kent Creative Live Show #30 – 14-06-2016  HERE
  • Interview with Fay Blair about LAPWING on the Kent Creative Live Show #19 – 29-03-2016 –  HERE


Contact: Fay Blair  – fayblair[at]hotmail[dot]com


The team

Dr Trish Vella-Burrows: RN. PhD. FRSPH
Lead trainer

Trish is Co-Director of Music4Wellbeing and Deputy Director of the Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health, Canterbury Christ Church University and is also research specialist for Arts4Dementia and Royal Surgical Aid Society East Kent Carers’ Project.

Music4Wellbeing involves Community projects and training for Continuing Care healthcare workers to use music to enhance their practice (in partnership with, e.g. Age UK; Kent and Medway Life Long Learning Network; Aim Higher; WEA)

Registered Nurse (Level II): Nursing and Midwifery Council

Senior Lecturer: Music, Arts and Health; Continued Professional Development, Older People’s Services and Dementia Care; Independent Study (pre and post graduate levels) and PhD Supervisor

Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. Member of: Royal College of Nursing; Incorporated Societies of Musicians; Sound Sense Community Music; British Kodaly Association; Natural Voice Foundation Network


Gerry Atkinson:  MA, BA (HONS), CQSW, Certificate in Further Education
Support trainer

Gerry is a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council.  Her work includes:

Project and care Manager at Three Sisters Care, Domiciliary and Support Agency, monitoring quality of services, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation, policies and procedures. Responsible for induction and training of care workers

Registered Manager at Action on Hearing loss, residential care service, managing the services in compliance with all CQC statutory requirements; enhancing, developing and maintaining the potential of the people using services, extending contact with the community, family and friends.

Project Development Manager at mental health commissioning, Haringey Social Services.

  • Advocacy strategy for adult client groups
  • MH Partnership Board, Safeguarding Lead and Supporting People Project Board
  • Chair of Equalities Action group
  • Organised a Documentary anti- stigma photography exhibition with Service Users
  • Wrote a comprehensive Mental Health Residential Accommodation Review
  • Member of Funding and Review Panels for care packages

Gerry is also a photo journalist and she has worked on social documentary projects as a social documentary researcher and photographer. Her work was published in magazines and newspapers


Tracie Peisley:  MA Art Therapy, MA Art Painting, BA Art Painting, PGCE in Teacher Training Canterbury Christ Church University, BAAT
Support trainer

Tracie is an artist, designer. She is Director of Pandora’s Other Box, facilitating an enrichment programme of creative workshops, meet-ups and study days, launching an open submission on the theme of SKIN for a large all women exhibition August 2016 at The Horsebridge Art Centre. She is a member of the British Association of Art Therapists, Health Care Professions Council and an experienced teacher.  She is an active exhibitor and contributor to Kent Creative Live.

Successfully set up and direct a self-supporting community art project for women creatives (including vulnerable women with low self-esteem and or blocks to making); through an enrichment programme of workshops, meetings and contemporary exhibitions in The Horse Bridge Arts centre & The Fish Slab Gallery, Whitstable 2006, 2008, 2011,2015 and 2016

Fundraiser for The Starfish Foundation, Lesbos, Greece

Director & Facilitator at Vatoussa Arts’s, Community based Art School for children and families in Lesvos Greece, Teaching 3-18 year old children and some parents a range of arts skills in differentiated workshops. This is supported by the Mayor of the village.


Fay Blair
Facilitator and evaluator

Fay is a ‘seasoned’ professional with 30 years’ work applied in sustainable development policy and practice, including sustainable public procurement, innovation and commissioning, stakeholder engagement, project / programme innovation and review.

She is involved in complex evaluation work relating to the arts, culture, heritage, environment and communities, focused on delivering joined-up outcomes for long-term individual and community health and wellbeing. Since October 2015 she has been a part-time peer support worker for the charity ‘Take-off’ for physical and mental wellbeing.

Fay has wide experience of working with local authorities, the public sector (including museums and galleries and arts development organisations) and their private and third sector partner organisations including work with social enterprises and other non-governmental organisations NGOs (charity, community and voluntary sector). She contributes to innovation practice networks, supports learning and professional development, with briefing training development and delivery.  Fay is increasingly invited to help with proposal development and evaluation of Arts Council and Heritage Lottery Funded projects.

Fay is a former Visiting fellow, Sustainable Cities Research Institute (SCRI), Northumbria University (2003-2009) and Local Governance Advisor to Sustainable Development Commission (2003-2005) and former deputy editor of ‘eg’ magazine.

Fay is a skilled facilitator and very much enjoys her work providing ‘critical friend’, business development advice and evaluation support to a range of artists and professional ‘creatives’ many of whom she mentors through Kent Creative Live’s networks. She contributes to partnership brokering and co-production work, has a keen interest in social value and how ‘the arts’ can contribute to individual and community health and wellbeing particularly, but not exclusively, among older people and those living with dementia.

  • Contact Fay Blair for any further information: fayblair[at]hotmail[dot]com