Arts 4 Dementia (A4D), the national charity connecting people with early stage dementia to the arts, is launching a new programme in Dorset this month 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 May – 9 June 2017), A4D is bringing the second of three early-stage dementia awareness days for arts providers - artists, musicians, dancers, actors, curators, front-of house staff, to Arts University Bournemouth on 4 March.
Register for Bournemouth training day with Dorset Arts and Heritage discount
Training will be delivered by A4D’s Dementia Pathfinders specialists Aubrey Maasdorp and 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. A further training day will take place on 29 March at Digby Memorial Church Hall, Sherborne.
Register for Sherborne training day with Dorset Arts and Heritage discount
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