Dance Music Therapy for care providers
Several Dance Music Therapy sessions were conducted for care providers who are catering to the needs of "Restoring Smiles through Dance" participants, namely survivors
of sex trafficking. These sessions were designed to give care providers a basic understanding and experience of Dance Music Therapy, provide some tools for self-care and to capacitate them to use tools from DMT as part of trauma-sensitive responses to participants.
Executive Master Culture and Health
Even if the evaluation process is still in progress and will show the definitive results at the beginning of 2023, some outcomes already appear evident from Master in Cultural Welfare. The Master has offered three different training paths, involving 64 participants coming from 13 Italian regions and two other nations and producing outcomes at different levels.
First, the Master produced knowledge of projects in culture and health carried out on national territory, creating awareness and exchange of practices between participants.
Second, new collaborations were born; participants developed 13 multi-sectoral and multi-professional project works, many of which are being concretely realized through crowdfunding campaigns or other financial initiatives. Moreover, collaboration, not only between participants, but also with CCW’s team have been created, outside didactic activities.
Moreover, from a first feedback’s collection, participants shared that they acquired new skills including approaches (e.g. Theory of Change), methods (in particular art participatory ones) and instruments (e.g. WBS; Gantt, stakeholders’ map) for designing intersectoral projects, as well as increased cross-sectoral vocabulary and working capacity and valuable network resources.
Art and cultural activities for people in social exclusion or in social exclusion risk
The organisation would like to improve their commitment in the benefit of the people they work with, implementing artistic and cultural activities as the main energy driver in their association. This is something that they already developed in their day to day and it is a very important part of their organizational structure and they are interested in finding funding and international connections for further development of their artistic and cultural activities.
Dance Well supports the professional development of dance artists and dance organizations that engage people living with Parkinson’s, or other movement disorders, with dance. The project expands their skills, competences and knowledge to widen the possibilities of becoming meaningful for the societies they live in, contributing with their innovative approaches to wellbeing and social cohesion.
The project is led by Comune di Bassano del Grappa, K3 -Tanzplan Hamburg, Le Gymnase CDCN Rubaix, La Briqueterie CDCN Vitry sur Seine, Tanec Praha, Lithuanian Dance Information Centre, Fondazione Fitzcarraldo and Fondazione Università Ca’ Foscari of Venice. The project is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
The objectives of the project are:
1. Developing and experimenting innovative dance practices, the implementation, transfer and dissemination of knowledge and experiences across European regions, to support the recovery of artists and dance organizations engaging people living with Parkinson’s and other mobility disorders, in light of the COVID-19 crisis;
2. Contribute to the wellbeing and social cohesion and to the development of the culture of dance and its impact in civic societies.
Activities include: intensive training for Dance Well Teachers, Dance Well classes, creation and presentation of dance and audio-visual works, research and analysis, dissemination events.
Recognition of the Social Theatre Operator as a professional to tackle the Risk of social Exclusion
Restore project wants to tell about other possibilities of using theatre through European methodologies and approaches. Based on these premises, the project intends to promote cooperation and exchange of good practices at European level and intends to make use of the advantage of the European Union’s transparency and recognition tools to increase training opportunities and employment possibilities for professionals working in the field of Social Theatre. In particular, the specific objectives of the project are:
- to encourage the dissemination of Social and Community Theatre as an effective means of social inclusion for adults with learning difficulties
- to strengthen cooperation and facilitate the exchange of good practices in the field of informal education among the organisations taking part in the project
- to define a process of recognition and standardisation of the SOCIAL THEATRE OPERATOR profession at European Union level, a new professional figure declined in terms of knowledge, competences and skills
The main target groups of the project can be identified on different levels Non-profit organisations supporting different groups of disadvantaged adult learners working Professional adult educators and volunteers working in the field of Social and Community Theatre Groups at high risk of social exclusion and segregation such as migrants, disabled people, prisoners, ethnic minorities, former drug addicts, NEETs, etc. Artists working in the field of fragility, hardship, in contexts of social and cultural margins
The most important tangible results of the project are three Intellectual Outputs: 1) The description of the professional profile of the Social Theatre Operator according to EU standards; 2) The standardisation of Social Theatre Operator training; 3) Methodological indications for the validation, recognition and certification of the profession at national level. These three outcomes, which are closely interlinked, were promoted and disseminated through four Multiplier Events, including a major closing event in San Patrignano (Coriano, Italy), preceded by a preview in Rome. Four Joint Staff Training Events were organised in the associated countries to promote skills development and the sharing of good practices: Peer-to-Peer Learning Workshops (in Italy, Portugal and Poland) to share good practice in training and working with disadvantaged groups of adult learners; Pilot courses were organised to test and validate the training in some of the project partner countries, which were followed by a work-based learning experience, so that each student made a theatre workshop targeting different categories and groups of disadvantaged learners. A great closing event took place on 29 October 2022 at the Community of San Patrignano, one of the symbolic places of the whole project, preceded by a preview on 6 October 2022 at the University of Roma Tre, organised by Oltre le Parole onlus, leader of the European project.
ENO Breathe is an award-winning breathing and well-being programme developed specifically for people recovering from COVID-19, who are still suffering from breathlessness and associated anxiety. Delivered by ENO in collaboration with Imperial College Healthcare teams entirely online, the programme focuses on breathing re-training through singing. The aim of ENO Breathe is to empower patients in the management of breathlessness and anxiety post COVID-19 infection, by equipping them with the tools they need for self-management.
ENO Breathe is not a choir or singing group. It is a social prescribing (non-clinical) intervention that uses singing techniques to aid recovery from COVID-19. No prior experience or interest in singing is required to take part in ENO Breathe. ENO Breathe offers participants:
- An initial one-to-one online conversation with ENO Breathe session leaders to discuss participants’ suitability for the programme, explain what the programme involves, and answer any questions you might have.
- Six weekly group online workshop sessions, led by a professional singer from the ENO encourage participants to take part in exercises and activities specifically designed to support breathing control, providing tools for self-management of breath and anxiety.
- Access to bespoke online digital resources, designed to support participants between sessions. These include exercises, song sheets and audio and video materials, especially recorded by the ENO for participants on the programme.
- Access to post-programme weekly drop-in sessions, if participants wish to revisit exercises and songs in a friendly and relaxed environment with other participants who have also completed the programme.
Lullabies will be used as a way into exercises throughout the six weeks on the programme. Lullabies are expressly designed to calm and soothe, and have the benefit of being short, memorable and accessible to all.
The programme is available in England.
Creative Exchanges is a seven week accredited training course for activities coordinators in care settings and people from an arts background with an interest in working with older people. It trains participants to plan and facilitate arts activities for older people.
A multi-arts project with young adults working to create a new well-being trail in Chopwell Wood. Consultation with members of the community took place through an open workshop in the wood. Following this, young adults took part in creative workshops with the artist, the writer and the animator to co-produce artwork for the trail. These workshops allowed re-connection with peers, and with the creative process itself. Artwork was spaced along the trail, while QR codes lead to digital animation, soundscape and spoken word that can be accessed while walking, running or riding. The trail was available for 12 months and visitors were invited to share their experiences of the trail via social media.
Culture in Homecare
The purpose of the project Culture in Homecare is to investigate whether digital cultural access is important for well-being and health of the people who receive homecare.
In a collaborative approach between healthcare, academia and culture, digital cultural experiences (opera performances from The Metropolitan Opera) are made available to patients and relatives in home healthcare. The project also investigates how to inspire cultural content producers to include into their target groups the sick, elderly and relatives and to be able to meet a variety of personal interests in healthcare.
Culture-assisted rehabilitation is an initiative that facilitates the return to work after a sick leave, that can be experienced as a big challenge. Culture-supported rehabilitation has proven suitable at this stage, for those who are on sick leave for stress-related problems, mental illness and/or unspecified long-term pain. A culture-assisted rehabilitation lasts for ten weeks. The participants could try different forms of cultural activities, such as theater, crafts, movement, music and choir singing. The group also takes part in cultural experiences such as concerts, theater performances and art exhibitions. The participants meet twice a week with a reunion after completing rehabilitation.
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