The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is calling for social prescription for the dementias. To help advance this personalized integrated health and social care process, and achieve direction to life-enhancing arts activity as pre- and post-diagnostic support, Arts 4 Dementia will host a conference “Towards Social Prescribing (Arts & Heritage) for Dementias” (16 May 2019). We are inviting experts in health and social care and social prescribing to present the process; and shall launch a volunteer creative befriender consortium, ArtsPALs, to support SP for individuals, matched by shared interests through linkworkers, to enjoy prescribed arts together.
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To attract health and social care delegates, we are holding the conference at the Wellcome Collection. As well as involving leading figures in NHS England, Public Health England and Care UK, we shall have dual presentations by linkworkers and the arts organisers to demonstrate their SP process, evaluation guidance and posters for non-presenters. All will be published with follow-up developments in our report for World Alzheimer’s Month September 2019. ArtsPALs (to Preserve Active Life), rather than pickup and collect, is an opportunity for weekly inspiration and experience together, to help preserve resilience in the community. We propose to hold roundtables for existing befriender organisations and a wide range of stakeholders, in the longer term, to set up an ArtsPALs website. Like NHS toolkits, dementia directories, meeting centres, memory and support hubs, the website would signpost to local befriender organisations with whom ArtsPALs register, to be recommended to individuals during dementia assessment and as post diagnostic support. We hope that initially, each consortium organization will signpost ArtsPALs through their website. Arts 4 Dementia will Initially, each consortium organization would signpost ArtsPALs on their website. Arts 4 Dementia will feature ArtsPALs as a news item and list it as a resource.