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.