Executive Summary 2019

2 Executive Summary Creative Journeys Creative Journeys: The role of participatory arts in promoting social relationships for older people in care home settings Keymessages from the research • Participatory arts activities impact positively on the relationships between residents, between residents and care home staff, and residents and relatives; • Participatory arts activities have the potential to break down boundaries between those living in care homes and the wider community; • The arts have unique qualities that engage residents and enable them to express themselves creatively, build on their strengths and abilities as well as make meaningful contributions to their relationships and their communities; • The development of relationships is dependent on both the creative processes and the culture of the care homes; • Participatory arts organisations had shared values/approaches and the project facilitated a rare opportunity for collaboration, with promising implications for joint working in the future.