Published 13th October 2021
The Our Day Out project is a programme of free, high-quality creative activities for all older people, including those living with:
- Loneliness or isolation
- Early to mid-stage dementia
- Other long-term health conditions
- Limited mobility
- Mental health conditions
Our Day Out is run by Creative Arts East. It focuses on providing music and movement-based activities for older people in order to improve wellbeing, decrease feelings of isolation and loneliness, and create new social connections by bringing people together.
The programme has won a Royal Society for Public Health Award, is academically evaluated and produces statistically significant results.
During the pandemic Creative Arts East changed delivery into free creative wellbeing packs full of activities based on a different creative theme, and these were hugely successful. However, as restrictions are lifted in-person workshops are returning.
They will be running sessions in Dereham, Watton, Attleborough, Thetford, Wells-Next-The-Sea and Hunstanton twice a month.
Each of these sessions will be facilitated by professional artists, and the theme for the next few months is using archive films to inspire movement.
They will endeavour to make all sessions as COVID-safe as possible and are following their own strict risk assessment policy. This includes staff wearing masks and regularly testing, hand-sanitising stations, social distancing etc.
Creative Arts East are looking forward to welcoming both existing participants and new faces back to the in-person sessions.
Upcoming dates are:
Attleborough – Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at St Mary’s Community Hall, Church St, Attleborough NR17 2AH
Dereham – Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at Dereham Trinity Methodist Church, 31 Trinity Close, Dereham NR19 2EP
Hunstanton – Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at Hunstanton Community Centre Avenue Rd, Hunstanton PE36 5BW
Thetford – Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at Thetford Methodist Church, Tanner St, Thetford IP24 2BQ
Watton – Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Queens Hall, Norwich Road, Watton, Thetford IP25 6DA
Wells-next-the-Sea – Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at Women’s Institute Hall, Church Plain, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1EQ
If you have any questions or would like more information, please get in touch with Project Officer Lea Schiller via firstname.lastname@example.org / 07359 097 553 or 01953 713390.