“It is so important for us to know a resident well enough to make their life meaningful… the artists facilitated a whole new way for us to experience the residents and the residents had something fulfilled in themselves …” Liz Vaughan, Owner Manager Brookside Care Home, Llangorse, Powys.

Arts Alive Wales has developed a close collaboration with Brecon Dementia Friends, and now with Dementia Matters in Powys (DMiP). Our first joint project was at a local, privately owned residential home, based in the rural village of Llangors. It was delivered intergenerationally, working with Llangors Primary School by two artists Tessa Waite, Pip Woolf and writer Graham Hartill.


The project was managed by Rhiannon Davies, now manager for DMiP. The staff (school and care setting), children and elderly participants experienced many positive improvements to their wellbeing, social interaction and sense of inclusion.



Following the success of this project, our current collaboration HWYL is based at Brecon War Memorial Hospital. This project focuses on working with elderly patients on wards, with their families, carers, the ward staff and artists on a weekly basis.

Rhiannon Davies for DMiP is our partner for the project. Tessa Waite is the lead artist working alongside musician Sarah Harman, dancer Louise Money and poet Graham Hartill who are also facilitating.

We are documenting the project through film and photography. The aim of the project is for participants to experience:
• Improved wellbeing
• Improved ability to communicate
• Reduced sense of isolation for elderly patients


Funded by:



& The League of Friends Brecon Hospital

Film credit: Jon Philips

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