The ACDC cluster aims to reduce social isolation through creative engagement, helping socially isolated people enhance both their participation in and contribution to society.
ADCD, short for “Arts, Crafts and Dignity in Care” is a cluster in the Interreg IV A 2 “Mers Seas Zeeën Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2013. ACDC capitalizes on the learning of two Interreg IV A A 2 “Mers Seas Zeeën projects IC Music and Dignity in Care. Partners from IC Music teach DiC partners how to use the arts to help alleviate social isolation, showing a different way of working with people by communicating through music.

Commonalities in partners’ beneficiaries mean that DiC partners can adopt the IC Music methods and thus look to reduce dependency and social isolation for the people they work with. DiC, through the sTimul experience, devised a unique way to let care givers experience what it is like to be a care receiver by putting them, for a short period of time, in their shoes using reflections on the experience to better understand them. The DiC project showed that after this experience care givers change their way of working making better contact with the care receivers and take better care of their needs relieving loneliness and social isolation. IC Music partners can learn about loneliness and social isolation issues from the DiC experiences.


END BENEFICIARIESThe project members of the ACDC project want to reach socially isolated people, such as: elderly people living in care homes, socially isolated young people, people in prisons or people with learning disabilities.

BENEFICIARIESThe beneficiaries in the project are the practitioners who work with social isolated people. For example creative practitioners with experience in working with prisoners, people with dementia, people with learning disabilities or youngsters. The other beneficiaries for this project are community workers working with youngsters, support workers, activity coordinators and social- and health carers.



The partnership includes partners from France, UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. The cluster brings together relevant skills and expertise as each partner brings specialist knowledge and experience.  La Cave aux Poètes’ community workers and artists work through music to engage with socially isolated young people. Creative practitioners from Superact use creativity to improve people’s health and wellbeing, both using arts and music to try to reduce dependency and vulnerability. Partners in Care work with activity co-ordinators in residential care settings to improve the quality of life for their residents and works with over 400 care homes for mainly the elderly and people with learning disabilities.

ZorgSaam is an expert in providing person centered care. In ZorgSaam’s care homes activity co-ordinators work with older people. The sTimul Care Ethics lab in Belgium offers the concept of experiential learning and has experience in helping target groups implement this learning through personal interaction. They know how experiential learning can enhance the empathetic ability of practitioners through better knowledge of the situation beneficiaries are in.
The Research Partnership, the associated partner, brings knowledge and experience in research to this cluster. On the long term they help design and embed the ongoing monitoring and research which is necessary to ensure that all lessons learned are captured in a systematic and reliable manner.


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    ZorgSaam Zeeuws-Vlaanderen

    ZorgSaam Zeeuw-Vlaanderen is a care provider for young and elderly people living in the area of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen and people from outside the area as well. ZorgSaam offers hospital care, ambulance care, domicilary care and elderly care. With more than 3000 employees ZorgSaam is the largest care provider in the region. Patient centred care is central in our way of working. The patient or client needs to feel save, secure and the client is, whenever possible self-directive. ZorgSaam aims to provide care in a human and personal way, tuned to the needs of the individual. From July 2011 until June 2014 ZorgSaam participates in a European project, called Dignity in Care, to improve the quality of health care, with a focus on dignity in care and patient centered care. This European INTERREG IVA 2 seas project is in cooperation with partners from Lille, Dorset, Flanders and Zeeland. Together we worked on enhancing the ability of ethical reflection and practice. ZorgSaam introduced during this European project their own sTimul care-ethics lab in Terneuzen and enrolled patient-centered care in every level of the organization, from reception to caregivers.

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    Partners in Care

    Established in 2000, Partners in Care (PIC) is a multi-stakeholder partnership. We work to raise the standard and quality of adult social care across the county of Dorset on the south coast of England. We offer advice, guidance and support around workforce planning and development, administrating local government and European funding grants to support the sector.
    Day to day activity ranges from the distribution of funds to support care providers in meeting the cost of training to hosting and facilitating networking events for care managers/staff. We also promote careers and training in adult social care to young people and unemployed adults.
    By sharing best practice and identifying valuable progression opportunities, PIC leads the way in supporting people working in the social care sector.
    In 2011 PIC became part of an exciting INTERREG IVA 2 Seas Programme called Dignity in Care (DiC), with other organisations in France, the Netherlands and Belgium. This project aims to improve the quality of life for people who are cared for, with a particular emphasis on dignity in care.
    As part of the project 2 facilities were used in Belgium and the Netherlands known as sTimul which have been set up to look and feel like a care home. Since June 2012 over 50 owners, managers and staff from across the care sector in Dorset have had the opportunity to go to sTimul, where, for 24 hours, they have taken on the role of someone who is being cared for, with care given by local care students. As a result of their experience those involved have realised what dignity means to them, and have begun to make changes to their thinking, their working environments and methods of communication, ultimately placing dignity at the centre of the care and support they provide.

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    sTimul is an ambitious collaborative project between education and care, supported by many partners. sTimul approaches care from a framework of thinking and doing, thinking again and acting better. Theory and practice, care and science go hand in hand: sTimuls offer is scientifically supported and soaked in experience. Shortly : intense, efficient and sensible. sTimul is a learning place for all who are or will be engaged in the care sector. Care ethics and presence-approach are the two cornerstones of the main vision that support sTimul. sTimul wishes to sTimulate the reflection on care. Both care-taker and care-receiver gain from this. Caring for somebody, taking care of somebody, is most of all a relational treatment that needs to be well thought of in the broad cultural and scientific framework of trust between people, expertise, dependence, discretion and responsibility. Care ethics leads to an alert, deeply human involvement in caring. Care ethics makes you think about the caring dimension of our society, by framing this within the broad context of the cultural living habits and value-patterns, human interactions and working situations within the care sector. A « presence » approach (the warm involvement from the caretaker to the person in need of care) allows to assign both caring and care. In this way, presence creates « living space ». The caretaker tries from his own possibilities -with all responsibility- to offer the best answer. The presence-approach starts from a dialogue, with respect for mutual autonomy and shared responsibility, that creates a bond of care and caring and even in difficult situations creates possibilities for a « living together ». This reasoning, based on the care-theory, is translated by sTimul thanks to a thorough, interactive and quite realistic simulation of the work field, followed by reflection and attached to a carry-on into the real work field.

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    Superact is a UK based not-for-profit Community Interest Company which works to make a positive difference in the key areas of community development, health & wellbeing and employability & skills development. Working across these three sectors Superact reaches out innovatively and creatively to empower individuals, improve lives and strengthen communities by developing and delivering creative, participatory arts based interventions that bring about positive social impact, build self esteem and promote social inclusion and employability. Working with a broad range of professional musicians and artists across a range of art forms, such as music, storytelling, crafts, visual arts, drama, Superact’s projects are innovative, results oriented and diverse in the groups that they reach ! Having grown year on year since 2006, Superact has developed a UK wide delivery structure and has consistently and successfully delivered a range of arts based interventions both at home and abroad. Flexible in its approach to planning arts based interventions, Superact has a proven track record in delivering projects for the European Union (Interreg, Grundtvig), UK Central Government (Department for Communities & Local Government, National Offender Management Services), National Health Service, Local Government (Local Authorities), Non-Governmental Organisations (Arts Council England, British Heart Foundation)

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    La Cave aux Poètes is a contemporary and indie musics venue in Roubaix (near Lille in the North of France). Major springboard stage for local and international reputed bands, la Cave aux Poètes has also developped social and cultural side projects all year long through musical workshops and interventions. With intensive commitment in these cultural initiatives, outreach work and community education, la Cave aux Poètes constantly join forces with professional musicians to perform and intervene amongst the local population, focusing on youngsters or excluded and suffering people.
    Through IC Music (International Cooperation Through Music), La Cave aux Poètes has worked on raising audience awareness about popular live music and its professional area through educational / participative actions such as training sessions with musicians in prison, carehomes and institutions for special needs (young people with disabilities).
    La Cave aux Poètes has led workshops consisting in welcoming youngsters with learning disabilities and a group of people suffering from dementia to live shows at the venue. La Cave aux Poètes develops an ongoing work with and for specific audiences such as young isolated people through different artistic projects. La Cave aux Poètes also worked on a specific educational and artistic project in a penal institution for minors in the North of France.