Rebecca is highly committed to working with older adults and people affected by dementia using dance and music, pioneering arts programs to support older people and their carers in the community. Her commitment is reflected in the vast variety of projects she has led (and continues to lead):
- Elevate: Arts Coordinator of a large art program based in Salisbury and Sherborne hospitals and funded by the Arts Council and Salisbury hospital. The program employs 10 artists and delivers three days of music/art a week on selected wards where dementia patients and older patients are more likely to be treated. The funding will support the program for 3 years (the program started in September 2013).
- Moving Words: Project manager. The program is currently funded by the Arts and Libraries funding from the Arts Council. The aim is to deliver literary themed movement and drama workshops in residential care homes in Wiltshire. She is training 6 new artists under this project.
- Dance for Parkinson's: Dance artist of weekly dance classes for people affected by Parkinson's and their partners.
- Movement for the Mind: Dance artist in the Alzheimer's Support group through music and movement.
- Mind the Gap: Project Coordinator and Arts practitioner, organizing workshop & performance programme for over 60s and intergenerational projects at Salisbury Playhouse.
- Willowcroft Residential Home; Till Valley Day Centre; Bemerton Heath Luncheon Club: Supervising the delivery of dance, drama and arts workshops
Professor Norma Daykin
Norma Daykin is an academic and musician. She draws on over 20 years' experience of research in applied health and social care. In recent years she has focused on the role of arts in health and social care, undertaking studies and publishing extensively in the field as Professor of Arts in Health at UWE, Bristol.
Norma's work encompasses the impact of participatory arts on people of all ages in a wide range of settings including hospitals, mental health, primary care, schools and prisons. She has examined the role of music, visual arts and literary arts on communities and in the care of people with health conditions including cancer, mental illness and dementia. She is particularly interested in the development of best practice in arts in health and social care.
As a music practitioner, Norma is interested in intercultural arts, social inclusion and connectedness. She is currently the music director of the Bristol Reggae Orchestra, an award winning community project that brings musicians from diverse communities together to perform, celebrate and create new music.
Norma is Professor Emerita of Arts in Health at UWE, Bristol, Visiting Professor at the Sidney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christchurch University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. She is co-executive editor of Arts and Health an International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, published by Taylor and Francis. In 2008 and again in 2013 she received the Royal Society of Public Health Award for Arts and Health Research, for her significant and innovative contribution to music and health research.
Dr Roxana Carare
Dr Roxana Carare, a medically qualified Associate Professor in cerebrovascular ageing in the University of Southampton, graduated in general medicine in 1994 in Bucharest. Roxana completed her PhD in experimental neuropathology in 2006, in the University of Southampton. Her main international recognition has come from neuroanatomy and neuropathology research, demonstrating the unique pathways by which fluid and soluble amyloid are eliminated from the brain along basement membranes within the walls of cerebral capillaries and arteries.
The focus of her research is to manipulate the pathways to improve the clearance of amyloid and interstitial fluid from the ageing brain, preventing neurodegenerative diseases. Interdisciplinary work led by Roxana has been published in peer review journals and Encyclopaedia of Neuroscience. She is part of the International Scientific Steering Committee of Vas-Cog, Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy, Alzheimers Society Romania. Roxana is a reviewer for neuroscience, neuropathology and Alzheimers disease journals, for national and international funding agencies, as well as for the European Commission.
Of Romanian heritage, Roxana is Honorary Consul of Romania, Advisor for Age UK Southampton and Patron of Libra Foundation. Roxana teaches clinical anatomy to under/post graduate medical/health-care professionals and leads the undergraduate Masters in Medical Sciences Programme.