Project information

The ART of Age

Dover smART Project wants to run a weekly community group for the elderly and those living with a dementia. The aim to reconnect people with their community and celebrate age and all that comes with it through ART.

January 2018 - January 2019

Charity information: Dover smART Project

Dover smART Project logo
  • Need


    Social Isolation & Loneliness


    We will celebrate age and all that comes with it through ART, tea and cake. It will give people a regular opportunity to escape the loneliness they suffer and be in the company of others. Not only will they learn new skills through the project but enjoy the therapeutic benefits of art.
    Social inclusion will come with confidence and feeling part of the community again.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce loneliness and social isolation.


    » Run 'The ART of Age' group for 2 hours a week in our community art gallery.

    What success will look like

    Success will be regular attendance to our group and improved wellbeing in our participants.

  • Impact


    Long term changes: the project will reduce the number of elderly people who are suffering from loneliness in the local community.
    We will measure this through wellbeing assessments after 6 months and again at 12 months.
    Success will be if those engaged in the project report an improved sense of wellbeing.


    The risk would be no one engaging in this project but we have good community links and will promote the project via Age UK and the Royal British Legion. We will also distribute leaflets throughout the community.
    We have also run an unfunded trial project called Lily's Lounge which has been successful.


    Our donors can follow progress on projects through our social media and website. We will also put together an evaluation report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,240

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,160 Art workshops Sessional staff x2
      £1,040 Art workshops Art Materials £20 a week
      £520 Art workshops Refreshments £10 a week
      £520 Art workshops Advertising & Publicity
  • Background


    Our project is located in Dover on the South East Coast, a town which suffers high levels of deprivation and has socioeconomic problems.
    According to the index of multiple deprivation 14,857 people in the Dover district are experiencing poverty (14% of the population as whole).


    The elderly, people living with a dementia, their carers and the wider community who may be involved in delivering the project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Dover smART Project was established in 2013 and last year we engaged with over 5000 people in the community.
    We know our community and the challenges it faces, we have established strong links with people and other agencies. We also have a wealth of experience in working with vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dawn Maddison

    Project Coordinator

    Laura Graham

    Project Coordinator

    Volunteers x2

    Volunteers will be recruited to help with this project.


This will pay for one "The ART of Age" group which will benefit 15 elderly people.