Soundworks is a two-year project funded by The Baring Foundation. Soundworks explores the creative and therapeutic potential of using digital technologies and participatory arts within geriatric settings.
Specifically the project explores the benefits using digital tools such as photography, video, sound-recording, Ipad applications (particularly audio visual documentation/ creative composition apps) can have for older people with decreased memory capacity living in residential care in North Staffordshire.
It seeks to develop the creative capacity to use digital tools of all individuals involved in the project including the artists delivering sessions within the residential homes, the care staff, relatives and individual residents themselves.
Soundworks is being evaluated by Dr Mo Ray from the Social Gerontology Department at Keele University.
The pilot version of the project, Soundstories, won the Praxis Social Care Project Award in 2011.
Photo: Soundworks 2012: Hilary Hughes