Reignite The Spark
A snapshot of an Arts and Health Partnership 2007-2011
On Wednesday 23rd May on a beautiful day in Dalkey Community Unit and Day Care Services for Older People well-known actress and Bealtaine Festival Ambassador Geraldine Plunkett launched “Reignite the Spark”. An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. John Bailey officially welcomed everyone and congratulated all involved. Trish McMahon interpreted the launch on the day using Irish Sign Language (ISL).
“Reignite the Spark” is a snapshot of the Arts and Health Partnership between dlr Arts Office and the HSE, Health Promotion Service, Dublin Mid Leinster that has been working quietly but to great effect for the past four years in residential and day care settings across the County. The partnership programme ensures that traditionally hard to reach members of our community, such as those with disabilities, mental health illnesses, or long term conditions such as dementia have opportunities to engage in the cultural life of the County. From intergenerational drama, dance in the community, to storytelling through clay, participants, staff and visitors from the following health care settings have been involved in the programme:
- Dalkey Community Unit and Day Care Services for Older People, Dalkey.
- Coiscéim Residential Care Unit, Mental Health Services, Dún Laoghaire.
- St. Joseph’s House for Deaf and Deafblind Adults, Stillorgan.
- St. Joseph’s Centre, Day Care and Outreach Services for Older Persons with age related illness, Shankill.
“Reignite the Spark” is an integrated Braille document reflecting the participants profile from St. Josephs House and tells the story of the partnership programme from the perspectives of all involved. A pdf version of the document is available (pdf - 4.20MB) and an integrated Braille version is available from the Arts Office.
For further information about “Reignite the Spark” and the Arts and Health Partnership Programme please contact Máire Davey, Assistant Arts Officer – Participation and Learning on (01) 2719528 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture: An Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Bailey and Geraldine Plunkett, Bealtaine Festival Ambassador at the launch of “Reignite the Spark, a snapshot of an Arts and Health Partnership 2007-2011” in Dalkey Community Unit and Day Care for Older Persons.