Arts 4 Dementia, founded in 2011, has been set up to bridge the gap in arts provision to re-energize and inspire people living with dementia in the community. To help develop new outreach in London and establish a comprehensive website to signpost arts activities nationwide.
Two-thirds of the 64,000 Londoners with dementia live at home often confused and stressed by memory loss and isolated by stigma surrounding the disease. As their creative brain can remain unaffected for years artistic stimulation offers constructive direction.
Following effective pilot projects at The Wallace Collection a music partnership with Live Music Now and poetry and communication sessions our inaugural Arts 4 Dementia Best Practice Conference addressed by leading figures in dementia, arts, health and care services, was held at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2011.
Keynote speakers were Harry Cayton OBE, chair of the Department of Health and Arts Council England A Prospectus for Arts and Health and Baroness Greengross, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, who, as a result of the conference, proposes to recommend the pursuit of art activities to patients and care managers on diagnosis.
Arts 4 Dementia London Arts Challenge In 2012
Our London Arts Challenge in 2012, part of the London 2012 Inspire programme, offers free weekly workshops in art, dance, scriptwriting and drama, music, photography and poetry at arts venues around the capital.
These innovative, person-centred activities for six to twelve people in the early stages of dementia and their carers, will provide challenging projects with themes to encourage inspiration between sessions. Concluding with a performance or display of work.
Arts 4 Dementia arranges dementia awareness training with Dementia UK for participating venues and volunteers. Our courses offer additional volunteer training.
Thanks to funding from The Baring Foundation each of the fourteen projects in our London Arts Challenge in 2012 is being monitored and evaluated. The published evidence with case studies will produce a key multiple art form resource for activities for early dementia.
Our Arts 4 Dementia programme is intended to inspire continuing outreach for early dementia at participating venues and wider take-up nationwide. To provide quality time for person and carer. To restore personal identity, combat stigma and enable people with dementia to live as full a life as possible at home.
Please look at our video below to learn more about what we do.
Veronica Franklin Gould.
Arts 4 Dementia.
If you would like to know more please visit their website. www.Arts4Dementia.org.uk