Arts in Care Digital Programme 2024 information webinar

The Arts in Care Digital Programme 2024 is back for a third year. 100% Digital Leeds is curating a programme of digital activities in response to the National Day of Arts in Care Homes, and with a focus around digital inclusion.

The team is looking for organisations to contribute to a week of activities including dance, craft, music, and theatre, that care settings will be invited to access digitally the week of Monday 23 to Friday 27 September.

2024 information webinar

Join the 100% Digital Leeds team on Thursday 11 July at 2pm for a 30 minute webinar where artists, arts and cultural organisations, and other interested parties, can hear more about the proposed plans and how they can contribute an activity to the programme.

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Attendees can also hear findings from co-production events held at various care settings where the 100% Digital Leeds team have talked to people accessing care services to ask what’s important to them and what they would like to see as part of the week’s programme.

“I want to make music not listen to music. Singing has been such an important part of my life. I met my husband through singing. Singing in choral group took me out of Cornwall and travelling around Europe.”

Care recipient, Headingly Hall.

Arts in Care Digital Programme enabling digital inclusion

In previous years the programme has included contributions from organisations such as Opera North, Yorkshire Dance, Aspire CBS, People Matters, Leeds Libraries, and Leeds International Piano Competition. Last year’s programme saw 11 organisations deliver 13 sessions, attended by a total of 56 groups, with hundreds of care recipients engaging with arts and culture activity across the week. 

The programme helps to position digital as an enabler to the care sector’s priorities, in a recognisable and accessible context. Arts and creativity can motivate care residents to build their digital skills and confidence, leading to future engagement with digital learning. This can result in increased wellbeing outcomes through using digital to enable increased social interaction, engagement with the wider world, and the ability to access information and be empowered to make decisions about their own care.  

“Accessing the programme digitally is a way of pairing the familiar with the unfamiliar. Taking a game of bingo, a game that is often played in care settings and putting it online to be enjoyed as a group in the social space of a care home is an accessible, fun, but primarily familiar entry into a digital world, for both care staff and residents.” 

Jennifer Rhodes, Assistant Digital Inclusion Officer, 100% Digital Leeds.