Pilot Programme

Engage Here is currently running pilot programmes to establish how best to cater creative workshops to those experiencing dementia. These programmes are spread over 6 weeks, and are comprised of six 1-hour workshops that each focus on different creative technique. The programme is importantly FREE for participants and their carers, and is funded by organisations such as charities and local councils. Please get in contact using this form if you are or know of a participant or carer interested in taking part. If you are an organisation interested in funding a programme, please get in contact via the details here.

Our current 6-week programme is ONLINE, in light of Covid-19, and entails the following workshops.

Week 1
Cyanotype Printing 
Using sunlight, each person will create Prussian-Blue prints using a technique developed in 1842. Participants will choose their own objects to arrange directly onto paper, in a process that is full of tactile moments.

Don remembering his wife Marge and her skill for dress making and parachute making during the war

Week 2
Stencil Making 
Using a combination of ready-made stencils, as well as teaching the group how to make their own, participants will develop a means to applying meaningful imagery to different surfaces person to them. 

Harriet’s paper stencil inspired by a favourite album cover

Week 3
Felt Making 
This is an incredibly sensory activity. Participants will use Merino fleece, combined with water and soap in a facisnating process, to create their own colourful forms.

Difference colours of Merino wool mid-felting

Week 4
Aromatic Printing 
Participants will use pungent herbs and flowers as printing blocks. This technique may encourage feelings connected to the smells, as well as highlighting how printing can reveal different botanical textures.

Briony’s prints made from fragrant plants found in her garden

Week 5
Sound Drawing
As a way or heightening sound, participants will be encouraged to draw blind-folded, and in an expressive way, in reaction to a series of unusual noises. Different materials and techniques will further add to the suprisement of this activity.

Stephs’s layered drawing in reaction to eight different sounds

Week 6
Clay Modelling
In attempt to connect with the Earth, partipants will use the natural material of clay to make art. This might be three-dimensional or equally involve using objects to make detailed imprints. 

Jeanette’s sculpture of joyous walks with her Nanna in Cumbria
Engage Here

For enquiries, bespoke workshops or partnership please get in touch:

+44 (0) 7912497387
Engage Here was developed
with the help of spARK and the Prince’s Trust.