Conference: Local Government – The Arts and Older People

Looking at innovative approaches to improve the Health and Wellbeing of older people.

Tuesday 5 & Wednesday 6 September 2017

Organised by Nottingham City Council in partnership with the Imagine Programme and supported by The Baring Foundation


Day 1:

Arts and older people – Local Government

As a World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly City and Nottingham City Council are working closely with the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England to use the arts to enrich the lives of older people. There is consistent evidence that a range of art and music related interventions are supportive in promoting and protecting mental wellbeing and independence. This evidence is incorporated into the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for Mental wellbeing and independence for older people and will be a key point of discussion within the conference.

Join us in Nottingham on Tuesday 5 September to hear how different approaches have been championed by local authorities across England and have resulted in positive outcomes for some of the most vulnerable in our society.

Day 2:

On Wednesday 6 September inspiring and innovative projects from the Imagine Programme  will be showcased throughout the day. The day will feature the visual arts, digital arts, dance, music and performance.

Imagine has been developed in Nottingham by a consortium of partners over three years (2014 – 2017). The programme uses the arts to enrich the lives of older people living in care.

Puppetry theatre performance Recipe of Life, commissioned specifically for the project, will be performed at the conference.

Why attend?

  • Learn from successful interventions and projects
  • Explore innovative approaches to improving the health and mental wellbeing of older people
  • Share best practice
  • Learn about the evidence base that informs interventions around arts and older people
  • Network with people who are doing this work
  • Be inspired by what is happening around the country and take this back to your communities

Who should attend?

  • Local authorities and councillors
  • People working to improve the mental health and wellbeing of older people
  • Commissioners of health and social care services for older people
  • Care home management and activity co-ordinators
  • Third sector representatives
  • People working in arts and culture interested in working with older people
  • People supporting older people in day centres, lunch groups/clubs
  • People wanting to improve the lives of older people
  • Artists who would like to develop their practice
  • People working in social care
  • Carers, families and older people

Confirmed speakers:

  • Danny Ruta – Director of Public Health for Lewisham Council
  • Jessica Harris – Cultural Commissioning Programme Manager at National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
  • Paul McGarry – Strategic lead, Greater Manchester Ageing Hub and Age-Friendly Manchester
  • Dr Paul Camic – Professor of Psychology and Public Health, Canterbury Christ Church University and Research Director at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology.


  • Roundtable discussions
  • Workshops
  • Displays and digital exhibitions of best practice in this field


Early Bird Tickets £25 – 1 Day, £40 for 2 days.
For registration details please contact arts@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
If you are local government and have an arts project you would like to present during a break out session we welcome you to get in touch.

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