Arts 4 Dementia (A4D), the national charity connecting people with early stage dementia to the arts, is launching a programme in Dorset to provide support for people experiencing early symptoms of dementia and their companions.
In preparation for Reawakening, a new Dorset arts festival for dementia (15 - 29 May 2017), A4D is bringing early-stage dementia awareness days for arts providers - artists, musicians, dancers, actors, curators, front-of house staff, to Digby Memorial Church Hall, Sherborne on 29 March.
Register for Sherborne training day with Dorset Arts and Heritage discount
Training will be delivered by A4D’s Dementia Pathfinders specialist Olivia McLennan, dementia friendly arts venue guidance by the Alzheimer’s Society and arts workshop guidance from Veronica Franklin Gould, A4D founder and director of the Reawakening programme.
The training aims to give arts programme leaders, NADFAS lecturers, arts managers, volunteers and front of house staff insight into the challenges people face as the various types of dementia set in, their communication needs, existing skills and how best to access these, so to be able to present workshops for early-stage dementia at arts venues and set up arts events as part of the Reawakening festival.
A4D training sessions aim to set the ball rolling for long-term sustainability of dementia friendly arts programmes across Dorset.
Cost: £85, special discount for Dorset arts organisations and facilitators £25.
Contact: Veronica Franklin Gould
Director, Reawakening - Living Well with Dementia in Dorset 2017
T: 020 8780 5217. M: 07713 636381