Elevate Programme

Elevate session on ward - photo by John Rose

The Elevate programme, funded by the Stars Appeal, is in its fourth successful year and provides regular creative events and activities for patients on wards. Elevate coordinator Rebecca Seymour says, "We have a team of artists and volunteers working on ten different wards, three days a week engaging and interacting with patients. The creative activities include music, poetry, movement and song, as well as monthly vintage style tea parties (see below). The activities help to distract patients from the routine of the hospital day and lift their spirits."

Meet the Elevate artists

Sarah Collins

Read about the Elevate artists who regularly lead music, movement, storytelling, poetry and reminiscence sessions on the wards.

Evaluation report

Elevate report front cover

Download 'Using the arts to uplift people in hospital' - the final report by Dr Costanza Preti from the University of Winchester evaluating the Elevate programme

Tea Parties

Elevate has been running vintage tea parties on Redlynch, Pitton and Winterslow Wards. The monthly events have a 1950s theme, with tea, cakes and scones served on vintage china from a decorated trolley by a glamorous hostess and accompanied by live music for everyone to sing along to. The tea parties lift the energy on the wards and create a lighter, more social atmosphere for patients, encouraging them to eat more at this social occasion. As one of our musical 'hostesses' says: “The tea party transports people from the hospital environment to a happier place full of smiles, cupcakes and music - what magic!”

Elevate tea party on the ward - photo by John Rose Elevate tea party

There have been lots of lovely reactions from patients, visitors and staff...

"I can’t believe I’m worth all this fuss! That singing was good… now I’ll eat me cake!" (patient)

“It has really lifted my wife’s spirits…and mine too actually” (husband of patient)

“This has taken me right back to the days in the war when the ladies used to come round and bring us tea.” (patient)

“This is the most we’ve seen her eat for days” (Redlynch nurse)

Protein Dance

Neil Valentine playing viola on Children's ward

Elevate has been working with Ageas Salisbury International Arts festival again in 2017 to bring elements of the festival to the hospital. This year we have provided music on the children’s ward, with some of the Elevate musicians and Neil Valentine, a viola player who works in hospitals outreaching from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

The international jazz singer and radio 2 broadcaster, Clare Teal, has agreed to the filming of her sell out concert at Salisbury Playhouse in order for it to be broadcast to every hospital bedside TV on 7th June. This is a very special opportunity for patients and staff at Salisbury Hospital to hear some of her Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald tribute concert, which is currently touring all over the UK.

More information

For more information about the programme please email Rebecca Seymour, Elevate Coordinator on 01722 336262 ext 5613.

The Elevate programme is currently funded by Stars Appeal and Salisbury Independent Hospital Trust

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