Pioneer Projects

Working Together: Creativity, Communication and Dementia
A huge thank you to everyone that contributed to the enormous success of this event. It was a stimulating, hopeful and energising day. At its close, delegates remained engaged in important conversations – a day which has contributed to the potential for positive change in many places of work and at home.

We were oversubscribed, clearly, the Symposium content had relevance for many practitioners, and at the close of the day, there were many requests for further events of this kind to be held. We had a feedback response rate of over 80%. Delegates came from North Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria and from a wide range of disciplines. Delegate quote: “ Another Symposium for people who couldn’t make it today, please.”




Delegates described the event as “inspirational, motivating and exciting”

Outcomes that were recorded from the day included: personal and professional development, acquisition of new skills, new learning, increased networking and sharing with other. Delegates were asked to give feedback in three words and the tags were hung in a bird cage created at the event by artists working on the project. Birds had become an identified theme when working with Dementia participants and were created in 3D as well as 2D .


Delegate quotes: “It is very important to work and enables people to be themselves. All care homes especially need to find out about this work” “Could be a model of best practice -love it”

Following are three ‘Own Now’ films made from the work previous to the symposium and also Clive Parkinson  and Claire Craig speaking at the event…….

from Dreamtime Film on Vimeo.

from Dreamtime Film on Vimeo.

from Dreamtime Film on Vimeo.

from Pioneer Projects on Vimeo.

Claire Craig – Senior Research Fellow Sheffield Hallam University from Pioneer Projects on Vimeo.

Keynote Speakers
Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University.
Claire Craig, Senior Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University.
Alice Thwaite, Director of Equal Arts, Gateshead.
Pete Mosley, Writer and Consultant, Project Evaluator.
Philippa Troutman, OWN NOW Manager, Pioneer Projects