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Merry Christmas from all at Creativity Works!
With festive cheer, tinsel and Santa hats we would like to wish all we work with, and those who support us, best wishes for the season.



Its that time of year when we look back at the work thats happened this year and say wow! What a busy, productive and fruitful year! 


There has been a lot of to-ing and fro-ing this year. Firstly our new Director Oliver joined us in January, and our interim Director Karl reverted back to Chair of Creativity Works. Trustees Geraldine and Abbi stepped down along with our Chair of many years Jo, and we have recently welcomed Sarah and Gareth to the Board. We bade a sad farewell to staff members David and Mags and a cheerful hello to Kate, our new co|Create Programme Manager and Stuart, our new Finance Administrator.


Our work has continued to be recognised nationally this year through being highly commended at the LankellyChase Digital Empowerment Awards and National Charity of the Year nominee for the Care UK Wellbeing Foundation.


We have been profiled at various events including the Arts, Health and Wellbeing symposium at Edgehill University, Lancashire and the Public Health England Mental Health regional conference.


Our key projects in mental health have grown from strength to strength in 2014 alongside new work including Home Service - working with elders in care home settings, Ways and Means - creating a communication tool for adults with learning disabilities, and facilitating a creative consultation with the IF group as part of the Golden Key project in Bristol.

None of this would have been possible without the collaborative working with our many wonderful partners, the much appreciated and valuable hard work from our artists and volunteers, the essential and much valued involvement of our funders and supporters, the enthusiasm and creativity of our participants, and the dedication and smiles from our trustees and staff. 

So a BIG THANKS goes out to EVERYONE for a brilliant 2014 and here's to another exciting year ahead!


From the Creativity Works Team


P.s. It's just a shame that Camilla and Stuart were not here to pose with us under the tree on Tuesday..but they don't get away that easily! I managed to snap them with their santa hats in the office this afternoon.


P.p.s. Do have a go at our Christmas quiz, lovingly created by Kate, to have a chance at winning a print from the wonderful Fresh Art at Hillview project! See below to enter.


Simply click through Give as You Live every time you shop online to raise money for Creativity Works

***Vacancy re-open to applicants*** 
Apprentice Communications and Administration Assistant at Creativity Works

An exciting opportunity has arisen to be the first point of contact for the public and to provide admin support for the team.  

Tasks will include:


  • Helping to improve and maintain office systems;
  • Overseeing office practice and ensure compliance with legal requirements;
  • Answering the telephone, taking messages and welcoming visitors;
  • Helping to prepare for workshops/events as appropriate;
  • Assisting with updating and distributing event information, and maintenance of in-house displays;
  • Assisting with website and social media accounts.
New Closing Date For Applications: 18/01/15


For more details and information on how to apply click hereHomeService


Inspirational Home Service Development Day
A productive and inspiring training day launched the Home Service three year arts and elder care project in the local area.

"Feeling quite excited about the project. There's all these lights going off. Brilliant."


"Makes me feel that anything is possible."


"What a brilliant day, loads of fuel for thought."


Participants at a Creativity Works training day held in November in Bath expressed their enthusiasm for working together to improve the lives of people in residential care homes at the start of a three year arts and elder care project.



Through taster creative sessions (encompassing poetry, dance, iPad use, singing and reminiscence) and informative activities about dementia and life in a care home, care home workers and artists came together to share perspectives and plan how to work together to give older people in residential settings more of a voice.


Participants explored the power of the senses by sniffing fresh herbs; played with body and memory by dancing the conga; wrote collective poetry; played dementia bingo; explored their body memories through movement and dance; made pottery on an iPad; and sung old time favourites while being served a vintage tea. They also learnt more about the project and discussed how to document activities, link with local communities and change the culture in care homes permanently.



The one-day training course launched Bath and North East Somerset's delivery of the Home Service project, taking place across Cornwall, Devon and Cornwall, led by Arts for Health Cornwall and funded by the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England. The idea is to explore new creative ways of engaging people living in care homes, and for the care homes and organisations involved to share learning, develop best practice guidelines and create a pool of arts practitioners skilled at working in care home settings.



Locally, Creativity Works is working with Brunel Care in Bristol and Manor Farm Care Home in Radstock. In the first few months of the project, visual artist Hannah Carding is working in Manor Farm on the theme of tableware, rekindling residents' sense of ceremonies around eating together. In Robinson House in Bristol, visual artist Ali Brown is engaging residents through the theme of radio, as a vehicle for storytelling and reminiscence.


The 18 participants at the training day came away with new insights into the role the arts can play in improving elders' quality of life, better informed about the project and motivated to make the most of the opportunities ahead.


"I think this project is going to start off small with a little flame and it's going to just burst like a firework." 


Many thanks to Skills for Care, who donated �450 towards the day and St Johns Trust for the venue.


Four Seasons Project by Tiny Monuments
Refreshing the look of outpatients at a psychiatric unit through visual arts was the inspiration behind a recently implemented project

The power of visual art to broaden horizons and enhance mood was highlighted in a recent project at Hillview Psychiatric Unit in Bath's Royal United Hospital, which took the theme of the four seasons as its inspiration.

Members of the artist collective Tiny Monuments were commissioned, through a series of painting workshops, to create new works of art for the hospital space, to improve the atmosphere at Hillview.

The thinking behind the project, initiated by Tiny Monuments member Beverley Ferguson in conjunction with Lee Rawlings, Involvement Co-ordinator at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP), was that inpatients deserved a more stimulating environment than just the "faded Monet print" adorning the walls.

"You can't fault the staff at Hillview," a former patient and trained artist told Creativity Works. "But it's not a nice atmosphere. When you are recovering, you need more stimulae."

Supported by Creativity Works, and with funding the group secured themselves from St Mungo's and Arts and Health South West, artist Jenny Lynn Thomas was employed to run six painting workshops, including opening it out more broadly to newer potential artists who had an interest in supporting mental health and well being through creativity. The workshops proved very popular, and two groups were then set up.


"I absolutely loved it .... It was very interesting. I would highly recommend it.... I progressed to doing my own project." These were just some of the comments from participants at the workshops.

Their achievement was celebrated in an official opening at the Hillview unit in autumn where paintings from the workshops were put on display, and which was attended by senior staff such as AWP's Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Director Dr Bill Bruce-Jones.

As a result, some members of Tiny Monuments have gone on to develop their work. The group is looking at possible further exhibitions and workshops in Bath.

"It's nice to have made a contribution," a member said. "Since we've done it, they've redecorated the unit with new sofas and a new colour paint."


Some images of work from the project:


Profile: An insight into working with Creativity Works
A Focus on: Our Special Volunteer...Santa


Job title: Santa Claus: International Wellbeing Volunteer


When did you start working for Creativity Works?

I have been working for them for a number of years now. Originally I was an apprentice, then an employee, then a trustee and now I am a seasonal volunteer. Creativity Works has been around so long I have been with them man and boy. I have also done a lot of admin and office work for them in the past whenever needed, but I mainly now work with them over the busy Christmas period implementing their Wellbeing agenda and squeezing down chimneys.


What is your professional background?


I have worked across the retail, travel and charitable sector all my life really. Coupled with that, I have a keen interest in working with animals. Currently I run an international agency for wellbeing, with a focus on children and young people. I do everything from logistics and accounts to wrapping and delivery. There is a lot of marketing and profile-raising to be done too, although I usually outsource a lot of this to the Voluntary and Parent sectors. I have a BPG (Batchelor of Present Giving) from Bath Spa University, and have recently completed a Masters in Creative Present Purchasing from UWE.


What does a typical day look like for Santa Claus at Creativity Works?


I am rarely in the office as I prefer to work remotely. However, when I am there it could be anything from making the tea and filing to putting in a guest appearance at the Radco Santa's Grotto, or consulting on wellbeing strategies and ideas for new ways of engaging with young people and communities. I also do quite a bit of 'Ho Ho Ho-ing' with the Creativity and the Potting Shed Group out in the garden...


...continued on our website. Read the full article here. Quiz

Creativity Works Christmas Quiz!
Send in your answers for a chance to win a print from the recent Fresh Art @Hillview project. 

To enter:
Please send us the completed entry form to: Download entry form here
Or simply email us your answers along with your name and phone number so that we can contact you if you win! 

The winner will be sent a print of one of the works from the recent Fresh Art @Hillview project.


Here we go...


1.     Into which famous artist's painting has photographer Ed Wheeler inserted his own image as Santa Claus?



(a)   Francis Bacon

(b)   Gilbert Prousch (of Gilbert and George)

(c)    Cassius Coolidge

(d)   Damien Hirst


2.     In what year was Band Aid's single Do They Know It's Christmas the top of the UK Christmas charts?


(a)   1983

(b)   1992

(c)    1984

(d)   1986


3.     How many points does a snowflake have?


(a)   4

(b)   6

(c)    7

(d)   8


4.     When was the last time the UK had a white Christmas?


(a)   1997

(b)   2002

(c)    2004

(d)   2010


5.     Which of these Wise Men brought gold to the infant Jesus?


(a)   Balthazar

(b)   Ebenezer

(c)    Caspar

(d)   Melchior


6.     Which artist painted this scene of the birth of Jesus?




(a)   Da Vinci

(b)   Rubens

(c)    Caravaggio

(d)   Van Honthorst

7.     What famous 19th century writer gifted their own birthday of 13 November to a friend who hated her own birth date of Christmas day?


(a)   Robert Louis Stevenson

(b)   Charles Dickens

(c)    Louisa May Alcott

(d)   Laura Ingalls Wilder


8.     What type of Christmas was Elvis hoping to have?


(a)   White

(b)   Red

(c)    Blue

(d)   Gold


9.     What is a baby turkey more correctly called, other than a chick?


(a)  a turkeen

(b) a turklet

(c) a poult

(d) a flocket



10.     Which Christmas sweet dish was banned by English Puritans because it was deemed to be 'sinfully rich'?


(a) suet pudding

(b) humble pie

(c) plum pudding

(d) mince pie



T's & C's
Competition closes on the 10th day of Christmas (3rd January 2015) at midnight. A winner will be randomly selected from the entrants with the highest score, during the week starting the 5th January 2015. Three attempts will be made by Creativity Works to notify the winner via email or phone thereafter. If not possible to contact winner after these attempts then another winner will be chosen at random until the prize has been awarded.


Good luck! OtherNews


Other News...


Read all about the Fresh Art project from the originator of the idea, Nat, in the article "Every picture tells a story" on the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership website:


Recently tweeted about by Stephen Fry, Stan Frith is hoping to raise �25,000 for Depression Alliance with 100% of the proceeds from his latest book "behind the smile", in memory of his son Jason who died after a 4 year battle with the illness. The book is a collection of beautiful poems and well worth a read.


Check out their lovely bug house made last week by the Creativity and the Potting Shed group!

For more information on the group and other wellbeing groups we support visit: 

DEADLINE TOMORROW: Dance Graduate Trainee - Dance and Mental Health, at Mean Feet Dance, Bridgewater, �10/hour. 






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With Best Seasonal Wishes,

The Creativity Works Team

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Tel: 01761 438852


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