Elevate Programme

Elevate session on ward - photo by John Rose

The Elevate programme, funded by the Stars Appeal, 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."

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Read our guest blog

Read our guest article on the Elevate project for Arts in Wiltshire.

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

Hoodwink in Hospitals

Hoodwink logo Boy blowing paper boats part of Hoodwink's encounter by the patient's bedside

Elevate has commissioned Hoodwink to create a sequence of events that unfold around a patient, the ward and the hospital. With funding from Arts Council England and Salisbury Independent Hospital Trust, Hoodwink in Hospital is touring Salisbury District Hospital as well as Yeovil, Dorchester, Basingstoke & North Hampshire and Chelsea & Westminster hospitals, with a one-to-one special experience for patients.

The 10-20 minute sequence of events unfold around the patient with music, sounds, special effects, the odd dance step and gentle fun....leaving behind excitement, memories, a memento and a breath of fresh air.

Hoodwink performers with white swimming hats, miming backstroke patient and family looking on Stephanie Jalland making origami bird with girl in bed during 'show'

Feedback from Hoodwink's surprise encounters by the bedside:

«You made all the difference. Did you see the smile on his face?» (relative)

«That was amazing. You never expect to see that in a hospital.» (staff)

As part of the whole learning experience of creating immersive theatre work for hospitals, Elevate held a seminar in early December bringing together hospital staff, arts professionals and academic researchers to share their experiences of how the project has helped support patients and how it may continue in the future.

Salisbury Playhouse partnership

Angela Laverick performing on children's ward Angela Laverick flamenco dancing on the children's ward

A grant from Salisbury Independent Hospital Trust enabled Elevate to work with Salisbury Playhouse to provide a 'showlet' once a month on the wards. Taking the theme of 'Around the world in 80 days', artist Angela Laverick's devised piece uses mask, mime and music and is accessible to all.

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 League of Friends of Yeatman Hospital.

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