Making Memories

August 2021 - March 2021

Sharing stories and experiences through creative sessions. Working with families who share a caring role in looking after loved ones who depend on them.
Part of Better Connect

Making Memories was about making artwork together, sharing stories and experiences with families. This project aimed to work with families who have shared a caring role in looking after their loved ones day to day.

Between January and March 2022 artists Theresa Easton and Theresa Poulton undertook an Artist in Residency programme. Listening and responding to individuals’ stories, ideas and opinions through participatory arts sessions, Family Gateway members were encouraged to dive in and gain new skills.

Sessions were offered to whole families as well as small group participatory arts experiences for young carers, siblings, guardians/parents/grandparents and wider family members.

“We believe taking time out for yourself can make a world of difference!”


Making Memories was a key project in the Better Connect programme and our partners, the Family Gateway, are and continue to be strategic in our work across North Tyneside.

To ensure sessions were flexible, and available across the week they were held at various locations across North Tyneside including, online, in-venue at Howdon Community Hub, conversations in the park and creative chats in the cafe. In these challenging times, working with Family Gateway we wanted to make it easier for participants to engage.

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Thanks to our Project Funders

Making Memories was funded by the Thriving Communities Fund, which totals £1.4 million, is being delivered by Arts Council England and has been made possible by the National Academy for Social Prescribing (contributing £1.15m from the Department of Health and Social Care) and Arts Council England (providing £250k from the National Lottery). Other strategic partners to the programme include NHS England and NHS Improvement, Historic England, Sport England, Natural England, the Office for Civil Society, the Money & Pensions Service and NHS Charities Together.