Arts for Health Partnership Programme,   West Cork, are launching their ground-breaking arts and health strategy on Tuesday 10 December, 2013 at Clonakilty Community Hospital. This inter-agency model of practice provides opportunities to flourish in residential and other health care settings.

The arts programme maintains a high number of stakeholders over a wide geographically dispersed rural location. Five Community Hospitals; Skibbereen, Schull, Dunmanway, Clonakilty, Castletownbere. Five Day Care Centres; Skibbereen, Dunmanway, Clonakilty, Castletownbere, Bantry, and Bantry General Hospital, Care of the Elderly Unit currently avail of the service managed by West Cork Arts Centre.

As evidence of the partnership’s commitment to ‘maintain and improve communications and advocacy’ (AfH strategy 2013-2016) the partners have commissioned film maker and animator Jane Lee to document their effective partnership model. This short animation playfully demonstrates the roles and responsibilities of the partnership and stakeholders in supporting, managing and implementing the programme.

The film and strategy will both be officially launched on Tuesday 10 December, 2013 at 10.30am in Clonakilty Community Hospital  with guest speaker Gabrielle O’Keefe, General Manager, HSE Cork and guest Ann O’Connor, Arts and Health Advisor to the Arts Council, introduced by Sheelagh Broderick, HSE Health Promotion Officer and Arts for Health Partnership, Chairperson. There will also be a short tour to view some of the artwork completed with Sarah Ruttle, Artist on the Arts for Health Programme. This will be followed by refreshments.

Arts for Health is now in its eighth year of implementing a managed arts programme for older people in healthcare settings which is embedded into the culture of eleven hospital and day care services in West Cork. The launch of this strategy marks the partnership’s commitment to a planned and sustainable response to an ageing population, which enables choice, social inclusion and equitable access to arts for older people in West Cork.

The strategy commits to maintaining the current level of services over the next three years, in tandem with improving communications and advocacy. It emphasises the importance of best practice while responding to the changing needs and circumstances of the participants.

This event is invite only due to the location, however please feel free to share the news.


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