Wednesday Wanderers

LEACH POTTERY AND THE SENSORY TRUST ARE COLLABORATING WITH PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA IN THE ST IVES AREA ON AN INNOVATIVE ARTS AND WELLBEING PROJECT

The Leach Pottery and Sensory Trust are collaborating with people living with dementia and their carers in the St Ives area on an innovative arts and wellbeing project. Walking Impressions is a creative project involving walking in the Cornish landscape and using nature as inspiration for ceramic artwork made at monthly studio sessions at Leach Pottery.

The Wednesday Wanderers are a group run in collaboration with Sensory Trust’s ‘Creative Spaces in the Community’ project through which people with dementia and their carers from around Cornwall meet regularly to take part in walking and pottery activities, enabling them to get outdoors and engage with nature, enhancing their physical and mental wellbeing and reducing isolation and loneliness. 

The Group, together with the support of highly valued volunteers, explore the connection between landscape, nature and memories and use natural materials to make tools and to imprint into clay. Projects have included throwing on the wheel, making ceramic wind chimes, making Japanese teabowls and having a tea party (see film) and the RHS award winning ‘Wall of Plants’ in Hayle.

If you would like to take part in or volunteer on this project please contact education@leachpottery.com or Ellie Robinson-Carter, Project Officer at Sensory Trust, erobinsoncarter@sensorytrust.org.uk.

 The Sensory Trust

The Sensory Trust makes places more accessible, attractive and useful for everyone, regardless of age, disability and social circumstances. Their work brings social and health benefits to people whose lives are affected by social exclusion, including older people, people with physical, sensory, and intellectual impairments and families and carers. They encourage richer connections between people and place so that people can value and get involved with their environment. They aim to remove barriers and make places and processes more accessible so that more people can join in; working with communities so that people can contribute to the decisions that affect them and the places where they live. 

For further information, contact the Sensory Trust, c/o Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall PL24 2SG. +44(0)1726 222900, www.sensorytrust.org.uk