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#CreateAtHome - Getting Older People active with Creativity

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#CreateAtHome - Getting Older People active with Creativity

3 min read

#CreateAtHome - Getting Older People active with Creativity

While we deal with staying at home, it’s important to keep older people, especially those who may be cocooning, with an active and enjoyable sense of purpose and creativity. While older groups and local community programmes are curtailed, there are still fantastic ways for older people to get involved across Ireland with things like dancing, exercise and reading.

Here are just some of the brilliant online projects happening throughout the country to help older people stay creative.

Cois Ceim’s wonderful BROADREACH initiative is now to bring dance opportunities for people aged 50+ online with their weekly Wednesday class now going digital. Visit HERE to see the previous lessons and you can even send requests into dance instructor Philippa!

Also on Wednesday 29th April, Cois Ceim will host a live Tea Dance Party on Zoom to celebrate International Dance Day, led by Philippa who’ll be joined online by a live flautist. This event is free to all and takes place between 2-3.30pm, simply send a pre-booking email to admin@cosiceim.com to reserve a spot.

The National Gallery of Ireland have launched virtual tours of their collections on their website, you can peruse the beautiful gallery at your own pace and wonder at the various rooms and works on display. Link here.

Theatre has also made its way online with The Abbey Theatre launching their ‘Dear Ireland’ series, a national conversation of 50 monologues to be streamed live on The Abbey’s YouTube channel over 4 days at 7.30pm from Tuesday April 28th to Friday May 1st.

Age and Opportunity have created some great online Movement Minutes sessions for older adults, you can watch these on their YouTube channel.

For poetry fans, Anne Tannam is running a free online Poet’s Coaching Clinic on Poetry Day Ireland, April 30th, from 10am – 4pm. Book online for free here.

Another group staying connected through their love of dance is Dance Limerick with their High Kicks of Limerick ensemble of dancers all aged 50 years or over, who are currently working on a at-home virtual group performance of Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody. The group will host a virtual viewing party on Friday May 15th to show off their finished performance here.

Finally, Cork County Council’s Library Service is delivering books to its most vulnerable members who are cocooning at this time, bringing boxes of books of members in an effort to help reduce the effects of social isolation. To access the service call Cork County Library Headquarters at 021-4546499.

Over the next few weeks, Creative Ireland will be offering a wide and varied selection of more free creative resources online to help you #CreateAtHome.

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