Enriching life through creative expression

In The Moment
Person Centred

Claire Ford is a socially engaged visual artist whose work is multidisciplinary and process led, often inspired by conversations, observations, objects or life stories.

Relationships, multi-sensory exploration and imagination are an essential part of the creative journey. Claire works with a range of groups with a specialist interest in dementia, with the aim to inspire the lives of people living with dementia, shifting and questioning society’s perceptions from a negative to a positive paradigm.



I have loved this project for our patients as it has been so successful at breaking down the fear of technology and so good at building peoples confidence they can use the technology, they can learn and be creative in ways they never imagined. It has been touching to witness the smiles, laughter, the immersion and the engrossment, the surprise, amazement and the growth that has taken place Andrea Grealy

Nottinghamshire Hospice

Here at Abbeyfield Ilkley we have just finished a 3 month project with Claire Ford from We engAGE. Such a charismatic professional! Some very special moments of engagement working together with our ladies and gentlemen living with dementia. The results of the work culminated in a stunning exhibition and film here on 16 April we were so proud to exhibit what the results were, a happy day! I commend the project wholeheartedly to any care provider! Alice Wild

Day Centre Manager at Abbeyfield, Ilkley

It has been an absolute pleasure working with We engAGE and seeing the positive effects it’s had on our patients.

Claire and Brian were fantastic with the groups of patients they worked with; gently instructing, leading and encouraging without patronising or confusing.

Thank you again for the hard work you put into this project.

Kathryn Hetherington

Arts Development at York Teaching Hospitals

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