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Relaxing Through the Arts

Volunteers visit elders or lead groups in a nursing home to share simple stretching and breath work, and do arts and crafts together.

What it Involves

Friendly conversation, a few relaxing breaths and stretches set the tone for simple arts projects done together one-on-one or in a group setting. The arts and crafts projects are based on our connection with the natural world, memories, and awareness of the present moment.

Why Relaxing Through the Arts?

When elders enter a nursing home they leave behind all that is familiar to them in the world of nature. These simple arts projects help elders and volunteers connect with the seasons and cycles of the natural world and so provide a renewed sense of wonder of the earth, including past memories and present ways of being.

How it Works

Volunteers are matched with a nursing home resident or group of residents, and together they will get to know each other and select arts and crafts activities to do from a FrienshipWorks manual.
From our volunteers, we ask for a commitment of an hour or two each week for a minimum of 8 months. Or, for volunteer group leaders, two 45 – 60 minute visits each month for a minimum of 6 months. Ongoing support and mentoring is available by the Relaxing Through the Arts program coordinator.

To volunteer with FriendshipWorks, please fill out our online volunteer application.

If you are or know of an elder who might benefit from our services, please visit our referral page.

If you have any questions about our Relaxing Through the Arts programs, please contact friend@fw4elders.org or call (617) 482-1510.

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