The Activity Academy

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The Activity Academy was an incredible event that united leading care experts and cultural organisations to explore new opportunities to support people living with dementia to lead fuller, happier lives.

Academy of FAB Stuff readers are invited to learn from this event by downloading or streaming an exclusive podcast that shares key insight from the day.  

About the event

The Activity Academy was delivered in partnership by Widnes Vikings – the Super League rugby league club that delivers award-winning community programmes, Community Integrated Care – one of Britain’s biggest and most successful social care charities, with NHS Halton CCG and Halton Borough Council. It brought together care home staff from across the region to share best practice in delivering activities and promoting person-centred care in dementia care settings. 

With contributors as varied as leading sector bodies like Skills for Care and My Home Life, and cultural organisations including museums, art galleries and professional sports teams, the event offered fascinating discussion and insight.  

Enjoy the Insight

You can watch an amazing video (below) and listen to a podcast  from the event.

Speakers at the event included:

It also featured workshops from: 

  • House of Memories – Showcasing the House of Memories reminiscence app and the dementia programmes at Museum of Liverpool.
  • Live Music Now!: Live Music Now deliver music programmes in care and community settings. They shared their ‘Choir In Every Care Home’ programme and the impact of music therapy. 
  • Open Eye Gallery: The Liverpool-based photography gallery shared their Life Beyond Diagnosis project, which saw people living with dementia share their experiences in unique photography series. They also offered advice on how to use photographs and photography in your care home.   
  • Widnes Vikings: Providing a practical session on how to deliver chair-based exercises and games in care home, as well introducing their Chemics Café – a free social event for people affected by dementia.  
  • Norton Priory: The local museum shared the importance of their care home outreach programmes and efforts to be a dementia-friendly value.

Please listen to and share the podcast to benefit from their incredible insight.







Event Impact

With post-event feedback from the event demonstrating that 100% of attendees felt inspired to deliver new activities and identify opportunities to be more person-centred, the Activity Academy had a great impact. We hope it inspires members of the Academy of FAB Stuff community!


Special thanks are given to the University of the West Of England, Bristol, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, in partnership with FACT, Liverpool, who helped to fund the Activity Academy programme. 

We would also like to thank Matthew Roberts, from Halton FM’s Halton & St Helens VCA Show, for producing the brilliant event podcast.

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