About Us

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We are Generation Arts, an arts and well-being charity run by a board of retired professionals living in West Lothian. Our aims are;

  • To improve the quality of life for people age 50+ through participation in creative activity;
  • Facilitate enjoying later life;
  • Reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.

We work to ensure that all people in West Lothian over the age of 50 have local and low cost access to a regular programme of good quality creative activities that promote independence, confidence and good physical and mental health. We were established in 2004 and are funded through a range of short term restricted project funds, donations and unrestricted fundraising activities.

Awards for All recently supported us to evaluate our community programme and the results were simply wonderful:

95% of responders said that their health had improved as a result of participating in a Generation Arts class, with the same percentage attributing both mental and physical improvements to the classes. 86% noted that they felt these benefits were sustained for a period greater than 6 months. Some people noted significant health gains – improvement in conditions such as asthma and other respiratory illnesses, able to walking longer distances and weaker limbs being strengthened.

Positive impacts on serious life issues were also highlighted by 17% of attenders – degenerative muscular and cognitive diseases, cancers, joint replacements, grief, chronic pain and isolation were specifically noted.

There was excellence all round in Value for Money, Teaching, Venue, and Meeting your Needs and every respondant said they would be happy to recommend their class to friends. Which was just as well, as participants told us that word of mouth was the best way to attract more members. For the full report please click here.

The cornerstone of our work has historically been our care programme – delivering creative, professionally facilitated high quality dance and music sessions for very frail and elderly people, geared to their needs and designed to stimulate those with dementia and those near end of life care.

Additional to the care programme we run our community programme of three dance groups, an intergenerational dance class, and an choir meeting weekly throughout the year in community venues in Livingston and Bathgate. All of our community classes are for over 50’s unless otherwise stated, and invite a £3 weekly donation.

Our annual programme always includes these two main strands – the care programme and the community programme. The care programme is free at the point of delivery and our other activities invite donations on a regular basis. We are working towards making the community programme self-sustaining so that all our fundraising efforts can go to continuing our work in care homes.

We receive annual project funding from a range of Trusts, Foundations, public sector, Lottery and one off local funders.

We also deliver a number of special projects each year that have been identified in conversation with strategic partners such as West Lothian Council, Alzheimer’s Scotland, Creative Scotland, Age Scotland and NHS Lothian. Examples of these include celebration events which bring everyone that participates in our projects together, 2 x 10 week long arts projects in day centres specialising in dementia care, and a half day masterclass for dancers age 60+ followed by performances by Scotland’s leading elder dance groups during Luminate: Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival. Our biggest items of expenditure are artist’s fees, venue hire and the fee for our part time freelance coordinator. To find out more about our work please get in touch.

If you would like to support us you can send a donation by Paypal to @generationarts or by cheque to our address below. 100% of our income goes towards arts activities in elderly care services and facilities across West Lothian.

Get in touch

Email:    generationarts.coordinator@gmail.com

Post:      Generation Arts, Craigsfarm Community Hub, Maree Walk, Livingston EH54 5BP

Phone:   07521 358 239

Who we are

Chair – Helen Mackie

Director – Joanne S. Brown

Generation Arts Association is a Registered Scottish Charity – SC 036084

Image © Jocelyn Gowans Photography

Image © Jocelyn Gowans Photography

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

We comply with data protection laws at all times and have set out this notice to explain what personal data we collect, why we collect it, how we protect it, and to explain your rights.

Personal data we collect

We do not collect any data about people visiting our website. We do not collect any details about people receiving our services who are resident in care. We collect the following data about people who attend our community activities:

  • your name, e-mail address and contact details;
  • emergency contact person details;
  • relevant medical information.

How we protect your data

We have a GDPR statement and procedures for our staff and volunteers to ensure your data is kept safe. We store your data in password protected computer systems and smart phones managed by us.

Why we use your data

We use your data for three reasons:

  • To provide you with appropriate information, advice and support relevant to our activities.
  • For statistical, monitoring and evaluation purposes;
  • To report to stakeholders.

When and how we might share your data

We share your data with colleagues within Generation Arts on a need to know basis. We never sell your personal data. We undertake all our contact with you by phone, mail or email directly from our offices. We do not use a third party. Your information is never transferred to a third party unless that party is a project partner, which will be explicit on the project material.

How long we keep your data

  • Class and project contact lists – we will retain this data until you elect to be removed from the class list.
  • New customer / service enquiry information – we do not retain this information.

Transferring data outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)

We are required to tell you if we transfer data outside of the EEA. The data we collect and process is not transferred outside of the EEA.

Legal basis for using your data

We rely on your consent to use your personal data in relation to sending you direct e-mails via our class mailing list or via phone, or providing customer care, information or support should you choose to contact us directly. Your legal consent is given when you complete a Registration and Data Consent form at one of our activities.

Your legal rights

You have the following rights:

  • the right to ask what personal data we hold about you;
  • the right to ask us to update and correct or delete any out-of-date or incorrect personal data that we hold about you;
  • the right to opt out of any marketing communications that we may send you.

To exercise any of the above rights please contact us directly.

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (the supervising authority for data protection in the UK). To do that please visit their website at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/

Reviewing and changing how we use data

This Privacy Notice was updated on 29th August 2018.

We regularly review our use of personal data to ensure that what we do continues to be fair, transparent, safe and legal. We may in the future change software or technologies, or how we work, and this may result in us changing what data we collect and/or how we use it. We will only use your data for the purposes set out above. If we want to use your data for any other purpose we will contact you and seek your express permission before we conduct any such processing.

We will always seek to minimise the amount of data we collect and use, and to only keep it for as long as we need to.

Whenever any change is made to how we collect or use personal data we will update this notice and any other relevant policies.

How to find out more or to make a complaint

We’ve endeavoured to make this notice clear, informative and understandable, but if it is not then please contact us and we shall provide further information as required. We will also look to improve the wording of this notice, based on feedback.

To provide feedback, ask for more details or to make a complaint about our collection or use of your personal data then please contact us directly.