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Creative Clay For All: helping people across Dorset connect and have fun

Deborah Clarke tells AHSW about her experience running workshops in her local community


"I run clay workshops in Dorset for schools, community groups and care homes. I have found these workshops to be very beneficial to those suffering alzeimers and dementia."


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"The clay workshops for care homes are for between 8-12 people at a time. As they are often suffering from physical restraints like arthritis, I roll the clay out and design workshops using stamps, templates and textured wallpapers."


"It is amazing the difference in personality when the art begins. Suddenly it opens up conversation and bonds the people."


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"Conversations are not about here and now but often about the past. It can start by talking about making gingerbread men when they were younger. Art and classes while they were at school."


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"People become alert and laugh. Before they know it they have also made something amazing that they thought they could not make. When I clear up the routines begin again. Tea trolleys come round, the room goes back to being laid up for dinner. They go back into their own world's in whichever time of their life they think they are in. But for that hour and half of workshop they were here, having fun and connecting to each other."


Find out more by visiting the Creative Clay For All Facebook Page


Posted on 27 April 2016

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