United Response iMaginE… Creative Hubs in Cornwall are weekly creative lead sessions providing stimulating and engaging activities designed to promote friendships, increased self-confidence, independence and improved health and well-being for those with memory concerns and cognitive impairment. 

The hubs are based in Falmouth and Truro, with a further hub opening in St Ives this July, enabling people with memory concerns to express their thoughts and feelings through the creative process. Under the expert guidance of qualified support staff and local professional artists, each individual has the opportunity to learn new skills or develop new creative abilities.

Community life line

For many the weekly sessions can be their only form of social interaction and are a real ‘life line’ providing them with social, mental and physical stimulation.

Each session is designed to help promote improvements in personal well-being and health by allowing the formation of new friendships and building a trusting relationship with the staff and others in the group through support and care of one another. Everyone that attends the hubs is valued and respected, this in turns builds on a person’s self-esteem and confidence within their creative community.

Creating a network of support

Our creative hubs are the heart of a multi-faceted web of care, support and guidance system that is tailored to each and every person’s individual requirements, that creates mutual trust between people with memory concerns, their families and the professionals. 

Everyone attending the iMaginE…Creative Hubs is able to obtain advice and support immediately, so that issues can be resolved in a timely manner and problems resolved before they develop and cause real concern. 

By working in collaboration with healthcare professionals, care organisations and multiple interested parties throughout Cornwall, everyone involved in the weekly session has access to a network of guidance and support that develops with the individual. 

One to one support

We know and understand that the iMaginE…Creative Hubs may not be for everyone, due to personal preference, desire or circumstances.  We therefore offer our unique person-centred, creative professional support for people on a one to one basis within their own homes. This allows people and their families to access to regular social, mental and potentially physical stimulation of their own choosing.

Future plans

As well as opening a new hub in St Ives this July, in late summer, we will be working with AgeUK to offer group day trips to local places of interest in Cornwall, such as St Ives Harbour for fish and chips or a trip to the stunning Godrevy lighthouse.

We know that a person with memory concerns or cognitive impairment is still a unique and amazing individual with skills, experiences and attributes that are fundamental to society. 

United Response want to reduce the stigma surrounding the effects of having memory concerns and cognitive impairment and a diagnosis of dementia. 

To find out more about the work of the iMagine Creative hubs in Cornwall please contact us on email: cornwallSMA@unitedresponse.org.uk telephone: 01872 250150

Dr Su Hodgson, United Response Cornwall iMaginE creative hub project manager.

United Response’s dementia hubs are being funded with support from the Department of Health, from the Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) Fund.

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