On 1st October Citadel Arts Group received the Age Scotland Member Group of the Year Award at a ceremony in the Scottish Parliament. See the video, in which Liz Hare, Artistic Director, and playwright Alan Mountford, talk about the benefits of creativity and what the Award means to them.
Citadel Arts Group develops and expresses creativity and memories in older people in Edinburgh and Midlothian. Its activities include; ‘living memory’ projects with dementia sufferers, memory inspired plays performed by frail older people alongside primary school children, and helping recently retired people develop play-writing skills. The group’s achievements include a performance at the Leith Festival 2012 of a play by an older writer inspired by memories of old Leith hospital. It has been a member of Age Scotland for two years, which has grant-supported production of 6 drama productions in that period.
Brian Sloan, Age Scotland Chief, Executive said: “This Award is truly well deserved. The experiences Citadel Arts Groups offers are genuinely life-enhancing, and it’s a fantastic exemplar of the confidence creative opportunities can instil in older people. As we celebrate Luminate, Scotland’s annual creative ageing festival, this award could not be more timely.”
The Age Scotland Member Group of the Year Award is sponsored by David Urquhart Travel. It is given to the member group whose activities have championed the needs of older people and had a profound impact on its members.
Congratulations also to the runners up
- St Mungo’s Old Folks Centre of Wellbeing
- Westhill and District Men’s Shed
- Dance House