Creating Conversations is a social enterprise which forms part of arts charity Artlink Central. They are passionate and committed to developing social products that enhance the lives of people living with dementia and anyone connected to them.
By producing conversation toolkits, Creative Conversations’ mission is to help break barriers of communication to reduce social isolation and enhance relationships, confidence and wellbeing.
To do this, Creative Conversations collaborate with dementia specialists and health professionals on research and development projects, as well as working closely with people who live with dementia and their carers.
The project took its roots through the work of parent charity Artlink Central, who, for over 30 years, has supported people in the local community who are experiencing physical or mental illness, disability or disadvantage.
It became apparent through their work that among certain activity groups there remained great barriers to communication, often resulting in an acute sense of loneliness, isolation and anxiety – especially among those living with dementia.
The need for materials to help people overcome these barriers was identified, and a collaboration between Artlink Central participants, artists and staff set about designing a communication toolkit.
The kit was designed to increase social engagement, personal fulfilment, enjoyment and wellbeing through the sharing of recollections and personal history in a relaxed and natural environment.
The original communication kit was then sent out and tested in over 20 care homes and day care organisations, as well as NHS wards and mental health units with close involvement and monitoring.
Feedback from session participants and healthcare specialists led to design tweaks that have reshaped and enriched all elements of the kit, to arrive at the version which today is used by people living with dementia and their carers across the UK.
The first Creating Conversations Kit was officially launched in June 2016, themed around gardening and the outdoors.
Creating Conversations have several other kits in the development stage, following positive feedback from the original project.
For more information, contact:
Creating Conversations Limited
Unit 8, Beta Centre,
Stirling University Innovation Park,
Tel: 01786 845701