Image shown: Maureen


Tuesday 8 November 2022


11am – 1pm


Online - Zoom Webinar



Taking place as part of the Expanding Arts in Healthcare programme, this webinar will offer practical guidance on developing and implementing arts programming for older people in long stay care.

Expanding Arts in Healthcare is a national programme of networking and professional development supports for healthcare professionals, and complementary initiatives that cultivate and support the arts, health and wellbeing ecosystem in Ireland.

The programme is supported by the HSE, the Arts Council, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (Creative Ireland Programme) and the Department of Health (Healthy Ireland Programme), and led by Waterford Healing Arts Trust /

Reasons to join this webinar: 

  • Guidance on sourcing funding, making projects work on a small budget, developing partnerships, accessing suitable artists, and building sustainable programmes
  • Variety of arts approaches covered: Working with individuals and groups, enhancing residential settings with art, receptive programming (e.g. music performances)
  • Information on what’s already out there: Accessing existing arts initiatives, models of practice across Ireland
  • Learn about the practicalities: Getting staff involved, tacking obstacles, delivery during the pandemic, evaluating activities


  • Sarah Cairns, Activities Director, Bantry General Hospital
  • Emma Eager, Project Co-ordinator, / Waterford Healing Arts Trust

Who is this webinar for?
Healthcare managers who are currently involved in or would like to develop arts programmes for older people in long stay care.

Please note: There will be a separate webinar on 25 October specifically for frontline staff exploring “Inclusive methods of arts engagement for older people in long stay care”.

Register here:

Contact details
Emma Eager, Project Co-ordinator, Expanding Arts in Healthcare, Waterford Healing Arts Trust:

Feature image: Stories from the Well-Field: Maureen, artist Tess Leak and puppets at Bantry General Hospital. Image credit: Kevin O’Farrell.

Image shown: Freedom to Fly – Nazareth House resident and participant. Photo credit: Richie Tyndall.

Freedom to Fly at Nazareth House, with dance artist Helga Deasy and musician Susan McManamon. Photo credit: Richie Tyndall.


Sarah Cairns is the Activities Director in St Joseph’s Unit, Bantry General Hospital. The unit provides long-stay, respite, and palliative care to older people. Sarah is particularly interested in finding ways to support people achieve agency, empowerment and connection through creative activities. She is responsible for the delivery and co-facilitation of arts programming in St. Joseph’s Unit on behalf of the Arts for Health (AfH) partnership programme. She sits on the steering committee of AfH for which she also acts as dementia advisor.

Emma Eager works with Waterford Healing Arts Trust, one of Ireland’s leading arts and health organisations, managing the national resource website for arts and health ( She is currently Project Co-ordinator on the inter-agency initiative, Expanding Arts in Healthcare. Emma has worked in the field of arts and health since 2011, previously holding roles as a project manager and then programme manager with Helium Arts, the national children’s arts and health organisation.


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