Programmes for older people


Dermot Healy Writing Workshops Maugherow

The Arts and Health Programme aims to highlight the importance of the arts and creative self-expression as a means of contributing in a significant way to people’s mental, physical and social health and well being, particularly in older age. It adopts a strategic policy based approach to arts and health development by facilitating integrated arts interventions, thereby improving the quality of older people’s experience in health contexts.


  • To enhance social relationships drawing on personal and group creativity, reflecting growing evidence that good relationships are a major determinant of health.
  • To promote better understanding of health and well-being using creative projects as a means of expression.
  • To initiate projects that bring communities and health promotion closer together through the use of creative methodologies to explore, disseminate and communicate health messages.
  • To celebrate creativity in older age through the Bealtaine Festival

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