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Happy New Year!

While we’ve been making fun stuff happen, we have neglected to share so much fabulous news. Lets hit the high points of 2021 and kick on with what’s happening now.

The main thing we want to say is thanks for your support. Stay curious and help us build and flourish because the work makes a difference in the lives of so many. 

Watch our latest Moving Story Project Film created with Bob & Kay Ingersole.

We received a ‘New Work for New Markets’ Arts Tasmania grant to make short documentaries with families living with change. Life living with dementia is a moving story. Family members and their loved ones navigate the changes and adapt, acknowledging that care providers may be needed in the future.

The films ask one question. ‘Can you share your knowledge that will help care teams provide the best life possible?’

The personal insights, love and life stories provide information that clinical notes simply cannot. Does this approach improve relationships and cooperation between the relative, client and care providers and make an impact as to the quality of individualised care we receive?

A team of UTAS researchers have begun their work and we are now 6 months into the project. Nine films have been co-created with families to date. 

Click here to help us sustain the work beyond June 2022.


Huge outcomes from a quick response Regional Arts grant saw a SPACE Campus student’s school attendance radically change from 32% to 74%.

The Soul Connection Project brings young and old souls together to make original music. The Agency team of music coach Brad Von Rock and producer Jimmy Reece, along with the Munnew Day Centre Crew and her teacher Ella Rose, all supported her to write and perform an original song.

‘The Song Connects You & Me’ was inspired by the newfound relationships formed at dementia friendly Reflections Café. The patrons embraced Ella J and a whole new community of creatives and care industry folk rallied behind her to continue her education and connections with this community.

The song was picked up by ABC Hobart during Ausmusic Month and Ella J was interviewed by Helen Shields. The Advocate ran a full story, addressing the potential impact as to the social and economic costs of disengaging in school and community.

The arts provides an avenue for us to have agency to reimagine our futures and is a potent tonic for improving mental health. May the government continue to realise the role the arts play. Ella J was at high risk of dropping her education and is now enrolled to begin college and is taking up work experience at Munnew Day Centre.

Watch Ella J’s fabulous music videos! 

 


Yep, we’ll promise to get better at sharing the news and we send you a sincere thank you from the team for being there. As always, it takes a village. Not only to raise a child but to support the precious book-end of life. We can say unashamedly that this work is important so please share, smile, applaud, advocate and consider how you may support the arts and our humble charity to improve the lives of our most vulnerable.

Please get in touch with me anytime.

Best wishes for 2022,

Chris 

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