We were just astonished how Garry participated as he did. No other program has shown our staff what is possible.Tammy Bromfield, Manager ~ Munnew Day Centre
Agency artists and volunteers are closely mentored and supported to work with people living with dementia.
Connection happens by being in the moment, playful and attentive. Authentic creative exchanges begin by following the lead of the clients offerings, be those real or imagined.
We form a circle, jamming styles of music together as an engagement session of visualising what the show might look and sound like.
Clients are at the centre of decision making from the very beginning.
Staff plan action lists with clients leading up to the event.
Activities include sending Agency their performer’s music set list. They create decorations, prepare posh refreshments, plan formal dress and send invitations.
Detail is imperative in transforming the space. We support you with resources to create the ideal nightclub atmosphere.
A dressing room offers a place to spruce and preen. The status of the staff uniform is exchanged for formal dress.
Everybody receives VIP ‘çlub’ hospitality.
The Social Tonic Club celebrates each other’s contribution. After the finale, we collectively ‘bump out’ the show with all hands on deck.
Whether it is in a day centre, a community hall or a pop-up performance in the town, this is simply making fun stuff happen.
Creative energy flourishes between staff and with their clients. The stories are retold and richer connections are made between clients, families and staff.
The Social Tonic Club reconfirms that we are genuinely here in the present to ‘do’ with each other; not for, not at, not to.
The process is participatory arts, not therapy. Clients lead the process with creative choices.
There is reciprocal interplay when we allow people to contribute their own meaning to the moment.
Together with staff, we monitor the creative processes as to continue learning from the clients we care for.
Our guiding support and collaborative working relationship, shape and inform new ways of working for staff.
Volunteers benefit from each and every experience working with an innovative team of arts workers, care staff and the clients.