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
Read about the Elevate artists who regularly lead music, movement, storytelling, poetry and reminiscence sessions on the wards.
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
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!”
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)
In June 2016, Salisbury Festival brought dance company Protein Dance to perform part of their show ‘May Contain Food’ at Salisbury hospital (photo by Adrian Harris above). Patients, staff and visitors on Winterslow Ward and in Horatio’s Garden, were treated to a witty piece of dance and music theatre inspired by our relationship with food. Afterwards, the audience enjoyed a vintage style tea party. The dance piece gave individuals who were unable to access the Festival due to health problems, and their hospital visitors the chance to experience a live performance. The event was organised by the Elevate programme together with Horatio’s garden. Further collaboration between Salisbury Festival and Elevate at the hospital is planned for 2017, to include activities on the Children's ward.
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