My name is Sian Gainham and I am a qualified teacher who has spent the last twelve years teaching in mainstream secondary schools and SEN schools. I have a performing arts background and completed a three year BA Honours degree in 'Performance Writing with Arts Management' at Dartington College of Arts in 1998.
In January 2016 I started my own company called SEN Creative Ltd. Since then I have worked a lot in different care homes so I have added Dementia Creative to my company title.
I provide bespoke drama sessions for different charities, care homes, community groups and SEN schools. Within these sessions I use a blend of different techniques which combine drama, music and movement. I lead sessions for small groups or on a 1:1 basis. I also provide staff training. I am based in Chessington, Surrey but I also travel to different parts of the U.K. I am not a drama therapist and I do not offer drama therapy
Places I've worked: The Westminster Society, Ballater House, Bernard Sunley Nursing Home, REACH Inclusive Arts, Surrey Anchor Care Homes, Woodlands School, Uplands School, Wingham Court Care Home, The Fircroft Trust, Arbrook House, Brook House, St. Peter's Church, The Alfriston Centre and The Millennium Centre.
Please download the report below which highlights my work I lead within Anchor care homes and the benefits these workshops have
"AS enjoys the sessions especially when Sian acommodates his requests and includes in their sessions, music from the eighties. I would say that Sian ensures that she incorporates our service users preference in her sessions."
FF nurse at Ballater House
"I am usually in my office when Sian arrives and I will start to hear music and laughter. I pop over to see what is going on and see clients with feathers in their hands, hats on their heads and smiles on their faces, all watching Sian to see what happends next! She also gets the staff involved which gives them confidence to work in a different way with our client group."
Susan Hill Manager of Ballater House
"You could tell how engaged all the group members were because of the attention and focus they gave the play." The Millennium Centre staff member
"It was great fun, energetic and lovely to see everyone participating" Anchor care staff
"Thank you for doing such a brilliant job. It was clear that the group really gelled." Audience member and The Fircroft Trust staff member Jill Fletcher Meloun.
"The residents have all got to know Sian and the sessions have a real party feel to them." Ballater House staff member