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Reignite the Spark: arts and health document

Date posted: 21 August 2012

An Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Bailey and Geraldine Plunkett, Bealtaine Festival Ambassador at the launch of “Reignite the Spark, a snapshop of an Arts and Health Partnership 2007-2011” in Dalkey Community Unit and Day Care for Older Persons.

Reignite the Spark is a snapshot of the Arts and Health Partnership between Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office and the HSE, Health Promotion Service, Dublin Mid Leinster that has been working quietly but to great effect for the past four years in residential and day care settings across the County.

The partnership programme ensures that traditionally hard to reach members of our community, such as those with disabilities, mental health illnesses, or long term conditions such as dementia have opportunities to engage in the cultural life of the County. From intergenerational drama, dance in the community, to storytelling through clay, participants, staff and visitors from the following health care settings have been involved in the programme:

  • Dalkey Community Unit and Day Care Services for Older People, Dalkey.
  • Coiscéim Residential Care Unit, Mental Health Services,Dún Laoghaire.
  • St. Joseph’s House for Deaf and Deafblind Adults, Stillorgan.
  • St. Joseph’s Centre, Day Care and Outreach Services for Older Persons with age related illness, Shankill.

Reignite the Spark is an integrated Braille document reflecting the participants profile from St. Joseph’s House and tells the story of the partnership programme from the perspectives of all involved. A pdf version of the document is available on www.dlrcoco.ie/arts/reignite_the_spark.htm and an integrated Braille version is available from dlr Arts Office.

For further information about Reignite the Spark and the Arts and Health Partnership Programme please contact Máire Davey, Assistant Arts Officer – Participation and Learning on (01) 2719528/ mdavey@dlrcoco.ie

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