Creating a prototype of an arts-based asset audit tool for people in receipt of a dementia diagnosis 

London Arts in Health Forum, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, FACT, and UWE are collaborating to explore the role the arts can play for people immediately after a diagnosis of dementia. The aim is to commission a visual artist to create a new tool (using anything from drawing to digital applications) which will help people to map the positive aspects of their lives. At the same time, we are researching what arts activities are already being employed for people in the period immediately following a dementia diagnosis. 

Call out for artists and designers

An artist is needed to help create an imaginative mapping tool that allows people to respond to the news of a dementia diagnosis by focusing on the current strengths and resources available in their lives. Through a shared examination of what they feel best supports them to live well, the tool will allow people to feel more prepared, aware and reassured following what is commonly experienced as a frightening diagnosis. 

The successful candidate will be able to spend time shadowing Mersey Care’s existing post diagnostic support sessions and to then devise a tool for direct application in these sessions.

A fee of £2400 will be awarded for work carried out between December 2017 and February 2018. This project is funded by The Creative Health and Wellbeing Hub, (AHRC).

The closing date for applications is Monday 4 December.

For more information on this brief, contact Damian Hebron: damian@lahf.org.uk

Download the brief here.

Research call out

Alongside the artist intervention, a researcher is looking more widely at existing applications of arts based interventions in the period immediately post diagnosis. Little is known about the range and scale of arts interventions at this stage. We are looking for any organisations or individuals working in this area to get in touch if they have information about how they work creatively with people in this immediate post-diagnosis phase. Please contact damian@lahf.org.uk