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 (artsandhealth.ie). 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.