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Equal Arts – improving older people’s lives through creativity

equal arts

We are a leading creative ageing charity supporting older people and those living with Dementia in Gateshead, Newcastle and across the UK.

Our team works to improve the lives of older people through creativity and our arts activities around the North East provide creative opportunities to help improve people wellbeing.

Memory may diminish but imagination remains.

Our work focuses on giving people the opportunity to explore their imagination and live in the moment.

We strongly believe in the health benefits of the arts and support care staff and artists to deliver musical, visual and movement-based creative activities with active older people and those living with dementia.

“The impact on residents and staff has been amazing. We’ve got happy residents, it affects their health and wellbeing dramatically, and happy families who are getting involved. It works, try it, invest the time, you won’t regret it.”Jackie Murray, home manager at Oakdale Lodge

Visit the website for more information.

Event Invitation: Rediscover your Health, Happiness & Freedom, with Sandy C. Newbigging‏

body calm


25th June 2016 at 10am at Leigh Community Centre.


One of the world’s leading teacher’s of mind-body health and healing comes to Leigh On Sea, Southend!

Spend a life-changing day with internationally renowned speaker, best-selling author and creator of the ‘Calm Techniques’ Sandy C. Newbigging, for a transformative workshop based on his latest #1 best-selling book, ‘Body Calm’.

The ‘Body Calm’ method creates harmony within your mind, body, soul and life circumstances, revealing your unshakable foundation for health, happiness and freedom in life!


Learn more at –

Or the facebook event page.

Wellness Day – 25th June 2016

wellness day

Essex Mind, Body and Soul comes to the heart of Westcliff-on-sea bringing a wonderful Wellness day. With Buddhist meditation running throughout the show. Organic products, Pampering, Therapies, Psychic readings, Crystals, Aura Camera, Magnetix and Beauty. Eat-fit Snacks and Cakes. Janes Cakes will be running the refreshments kitchen and we will be supporting Street Spirit who help feed the homeless in Southend. Entry is £3 and 14’s Free. Raffle and disabled access.

See the facebook event for more information.

Event Invitation: Coaching for Resilience webinar series‏

coaching webinar

Thursday June 2 at 1pm.

This webinar series explores how coaching conversations can support resilience in clients. It is suitable for all practitioners who use coaching conversations in their work. It involves four webinars of 60 mins each at fortnightly intervals at 1pm UK time, starting on June 2nd 2016.

Drawing on Positive Psychology, narrative perspectives and advances in neuroscience, we will explore how to help our clients develop their resilience toolkit of strategies, strengths, resources and insights. We will look at how to cultivate resilience through drawing attention to choice-points, perspectives and practices that can improve outcomes when facing difficult situations. For more information, see the short video on You-Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eInLWIt78Sc

You can find out more about the webinar series, and book, on the Association for Coaching website at http://www.associationforcoaching.com/pages/events/webinars/coaching-resilience


Or see the facebook event for more information.

Join us on May 19th – The Power of Conflict for Building Community‏

The Power of Conflict

for Building Connection and Community

Join us for this free online TeleSeminar with three practitioners from the Fellowship for Intentional Communities. Thursday, May 19th.

Conflict is everywhere!


Thursday, May 19th at 11 am PDT / 2 pm EDT.   

If we cannot work with conflict, then we probably cannot create a resilient town, city, or neighborhood. Conflict is one of the most essential sustainability skills, and will serve us in every walk of life.

When you’re in conflict, do you want to fight, flee, or freeze? Do you ever wish there could be a better way? Something that uses conflict to strengthen relationships instead of damaging them? But how? What can we do to reduce the chances of conflict arising in the first place? And what does having conflict in a healthy and transformative way really look like?

Join three practitioners from the Fellowship for Intentional Community, Gaia Education, and the Rocky Mountain Institute as they relay tips, tools and resources on how to reduce painful conflict and instead use conflict creatively to build connection and community.

If you have not done so yet – Register here for this free event and learn how to use conflict — maybe even welcome it, for its power to bring to the surface what’s really at stake, and to unite people toward a common goal.

Epic Quest – Drop-in Monday

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Event Invitation: Positive Psychology Foundations Free Trial Online Course‏

positive psychology

This free online mini-course gives you a taste of our 8-week Positive Psychology Foundations online training starting on May 4th. We’ve added a range of great material including videos, audio and other resources. Please feel welcome to sign up and explore what’s here.

Our goal is to offer useful content that helps you improve your quality of life and mood, as well as equip you with tools to help others improve theirs. The course is guided by recent research, insights and practices from the new Science of Positive Psychology.

The course is run by two of Europe’s leading Positive Psychology trainers, Dr Chris Johnstone and Miriam Akhtar. We look forward to joining you. To sign up, click on the link at:

Or see the facebook page for more information.