We are busy creating more opportunities than ever for individuals, communities and groups to get involved. With your time, skills and enthusiam we can improve the lives and wellbeing of older people through creativity and arts.

Now, more than ever, volunteering can take on many forms and we want to make sure there's a litle something for everyone. Whether you have five minutes, five days, five months or more, we'd love to hear from you.

Getting involved as a volunteer has so much to offer:

Meeting new people - Positive effect on wellbeing - Learning or sharing skills - Developing your CV - Making a difference in your community - Having fun and trying something new


Get in touch to volunteer with Equal Arts

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Regular Volunteering

If you have regular time on your hands and would like to get involved you can support our HenPower Project as a:

  • Hen Care Volunteer - getting older people engaged with their hens through practical tasks
  • Creative Session Volunteer - supporting our associates to deliver a range of intergenerational creative sessions
  • Gardening Volunteer - providing an extra pair of hands to ensure residents living in care have access to a safe and enjoyable outdoor space.


  • Make a monthly donation - to help us continue our work with older people in the community. Regular support helps give us long-term funding security and the ability to continue our projects and creative sessions tackling isolation and improving wellbeing.
  • Make a one-off donation - to make a real difference. £5 for an hour-long activity session provides a creative lifeline, friendship and ultimately confidence helping a vulnerable older person to reconnect with their community.
  • Text Giving: To make a one-off gift by text, please text EART17 £3 to 70070. (£1, £2, £4, £5 and £10 one-off donations can also be made by text).
  • Make a Single Gift by Cheque: Please make cheques payable to Equal Arts and return to Equal Arts, Swinburne House, Swinburne Street, Gateshead, NE8 1AX. When sending cheques, please remember to include your name and contact details, as well as the project you would like your donation to be allocated to.
  • Through Arts Council England’s matched funding scheme, every £1 raised by Equal Arts will now be matched with an additional £1 until August 2019, at no extra cost. This means donations will now go even further to helping older people and those living with dementia.


We currently work with 34 artists to run a huge variety of projects in venues across the UK created to meet the needs of participants and our partners.

From performance and sculpture to music, visual arts and movement, our artists hold a wealth of skill in these areas to work with community groups.

During the past 12 months we have been working with:

Frances Anderson, Adam Baldwin, Julie Ballands, Janie Banks, Sam Banner, Richard Bliss, Josie Brookes, Alison Dean, Emma Dunne, Claire Ford, Jos Forrester-Melville, Patrick Green, Sam Goodlet, Jill Hlalo, Anton Hecht, Mark Henderson, Angela Hughes, Steve Jinski, Corinne Lewis, Loon, Alison MacGowan, Mona McCarthy, Meg Middleton, David Napthine, Keith Pattison, Susan Ratcliffe, Louise Ross, Pete Ross, Kate Sweeney, Donna Tonkinson, Paula Turner and Sue Woolhouse.

To join our team of artists contact us.


"Equal Arts is a beautiful organisation, in that it knows what it means to preserve someone’s personality when they have dementia."

We work closely with schools, care home providers, day centres, museums, galleries, housing associations, libraries, health organisations and local authorities to provide creative opportunities in communities.

Our projects and training packages are designed to meet the varying needs and requirements of our partners and those taking part from staff or pupils to volunteers and residents.

"Often when people have dementia, in that moment of time life is fragmented and their identity is crumbling and you try to preserve what they have done in their lives, and hold on to what they have learned."Keith Hogan, adult services manager with Gateshead Council

To find out more contact us.


Why not get creative and come up with a great way to fundraise for us.

You can raise donations to support our work through organising an event or activity. It could be a quiz night, cake sale, welly walk or sponsored paint, get creative! To discuss your idea contact us on 0191 477 5775.

Please help us fund more projects