When you’re smiling

An active-living project using the arts to promote the wellbeing of very frail, elderly people living in an enhanced sheltered housing scheme in Canterbury, Cranmer House.

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  • February 2014 – 2015: 11 month project
  • Funded by the NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG’s Community Fund supported by East Kent Housing
  • To promote active living through an arts programme delivered through ‘Big Fish’- an arts charity

The essence of the project: to broaden residents’ appetite and engagement in events at Cranmer House, for their own pleasure, fun, mental and physical wellbeing as well as to promote self-esteem.

The overall programme: designing and creating a series of linked participatory events to

  • offer opportunities co-created with their residents’ committee for 28 residents
  • something to plan and ‘look forward to’, building from one session to the next
  • revive memories, interests, hobbies and  to try out new things
  • get to know each other better and invite in neighbours to make new friends