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Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators

Next Training Day for Arts and Heritage Organisations:

Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training, Arcola Theatre, London.

Arts 4 Dementia warmly invites all arts organisations, facilitators, artists and healthcare professionals alike to book a place on our upcoming Early Stage Dementia Awareness training at the Arcola Theatre in London.

This early-stage dementia awareness session will be delivered for Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) by a Dementia Pathfinders trainer Aubrey Maasdorp, with arts workshop guidance from Nigel Franklin (CEO, A4D).

Course Duration

Full day training workshop.

Course Title

Arts 4 Dementia: Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators

Suitable for

Arts facilitators, workshop leaders, animateurs, volunteers and postgraduate arts students. Organisational staff in areas focused on learning, access, inclusion, development, community outreach, audience development, or visitor programmes.

Aim of the Day

To give arts facilitators greater understanding, increased skills and confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers. To help organisations work towards reaching new audiences, making their institutions more inclusive, and increasing their impact in the community.


Mon 8 May 2017

10:00 – 17:00


Arcola Theatre

24 Ashwin Street


E8 3DL

For more details of what the day will include, please see the programme below.

To book, either head straight to Eventbrite, or contact:

Ella Dinsdale (Arts 4 Dementia administrator)
020 7239 4954

Programme (approximate timings)

10.00 Registration

10.30 Welcome - A4D on "Identity"

10.45 Dementia Pathfinders discuss ageing, memory loss, dementia types, person-centred care

Keith Oliver film - the challenges of young onset Alzheimer's;

1.15 Lunch

2.00 Components of Communication, skills, challenges, analysis

Understanding behaviours, changing needs of participants

3.15 Tea break

3.30 A4D workshops, challenging approach to lift fog of dementia and release creative impulse

A4D workshop model; aims and objectives, challenges and resolutions; funding,
referrals including signposting through A4D and other arts and health networks;
How else A4D can help.
4.30 Sharing of Practice

5.00 Close

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of the various types of dementia and how these impact on people's abilities and feelings in the early stages
  • Explain the key communication approaches
  • Describe with confidence the value of arts based approaches when working with people with early stage dementia
  • Explain the impact of Arts 4 Dementia's re-energising approach for participants
  • Engage the interest of participants with early-stage dementia and encourage them to develop new creative skills

Testimonials from Previous Trainings

'It was an excellent day: very throught-provoking with lots of ideas to take forward.'

'I gained a different outlook on attitude towards engaging with those with dementia.'

'I feel very motivated and re-energised about my work.'


The Arcola Theatre, Dalston. See below for further details.


Tea and coffee will be available on arrival and in morning and afternoon breaks.

You are welcome to bring a packed lunch on the premises or you can purchase lunch at nearby shops and cafes.

Sherborne Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Dorset Arts Organisations and Heritage Sites.


Wednesday 29th March, 
10:00am - 17:00pm.


Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 

Who for:

Dorset arts and heritage organisations, artists, craftsmen and women, musicians, actors, dancers, photographers, filmmakers, wildlife trusts, postgraduate arts students, volunteers, front of house staff and all planning to deliver arts workshops for dementia and/or pilot events for inclusion in the REAWAKENING arts festival for dementia.

Register for Sherborne training day with Dorset Arts and Heritage discount


In preparation for Dorset’s first arts and heritage festival for dementia, Reawakening (15 – 29 May 2017), Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) brings dementia training to Sherborne.

This early-stage dementia awareness session will be delivered for A4D by Dementia Pathfinders, with 
dementia friendly arts venue guidance from the Alzheimer's Society and arts workshop recommendations from A4D founder Veronica Franklin Gould. 

Please contact:

Veronica Franklin Gould:

Telephone: 07713 636381

The popular full day A4D Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators, developed with Dementia Pathfinders, gives arts facilitators across art forms greater understanding, increased skills and confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing early stage dementia and their carers, as well as a valuable opportunity to share experiences with facilitators from other arts organisations from across the UK.  

Arts organisers, facilitators, project managers, workshop leaders, front of house teams and volunteer postgraduate arts students are all welcome to attend. 

As well as valuable content enabling you to work effectively with people affected by different types of dementia, and dementia friendly arts venue guidance, participants find equal value in the networking and knowledge sharing with other arts facilitators from across art forms. 

To date, we have trained almost 400 workshop leaders and managers, who have gone on to deliver high-quality arts programmes for individuals living with early stage dementia in their communities. 

Participants at previous training days have said:

I understand now that people are individuals and that dementia should not take away that identity. Trainee, Jewish Museum, September 2016.

Excellent information on dementia and best practice; it challenged my assumptions! Trainee, Natural History Museum, December 2016.

I feel I have a better understanding of the complexities and symptoms of those living with dementia, as well as an increased awareness and concern for their carers. Trainee, Putney Arts Theatre, July 2016.

 Our Reawakening the Mind programme has established a workshop model for arts venues to re-energise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia and their carers.

We are happy to advise arts organisations, artists, dancers, animateurs, musicians, photographers and combined arts facilitators wishing to set up - ideally weekly - workshop and training programmes.

Other Training Opportunities:

'Training Opportunity with Green Candle Dance Company' (LONDON): 

Back by popular demand, Green Candle Dance Company is pleased to announce bookings are open for Moving into Maturity 2017, a course for those interested in leading dance for older people and dance for dementia.

Moving into Maturity is a specially designed introductory professional development course for people who are working or intending to work with older people. Suitable for professional dance artists, health care professionals and students, this course will introduce you to some of the key skills needed to lead dance sessions, both seated and standing, with older people and people with dementia. Attendees are welcome to take part in the two days or join us for one of the days – depending on their interests.

Both days will include the unique opportunity to share in the knowledge and experience of participants who regularly take part in dance activities with Green Candle – the Green Candle Senior Dancers on day one, and the participants of the Remember to Dance programme for people with early to mid-stage dementia and their companions and carers on day two. This session will be accompanied by live music.

Day one: Leading Dance with Older People. 
Tuesday 4th April 2017

Led by Fergus Early, participants will take part in practical sessions for older people as delivered by Green Candle (standing and seated), including warm ups, stretching, improvisation, a choreographed sequence and cool downs. A wide range of discussion about ageing and the empowerment of older people will be facilitated.

Day two: Dance and Dementia.
Wednesday 5th April 2017

Our second day will address Dementia Awareness led by experts from East London NHS Foundation Trust – an Occupational Therapist specialising in dementia care and an Integrated Care Mental Health Liaison Nurse. In addition Fergus Early, will focus on the specific application of dance sessions for people living with dementia.

One day - £70 / £55 concession.

Two days - £120 / £95 concession.

If interested, please contact Vicki Busfield on 0207 739 7722 or (email).

Many excellent universities offer postgraduate courses in dementia studies. 

Canterbury Christ Church University provides focus on arts and health: 

Sydney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University, incorporating the Dementia Services Development Centre South East, offers a BSc in Dementia and researches the value of music and other participatory arts activities.

Training for people with dementia and their carers:

Alzheimer’s Society
 offers training for organisations and carers, and information sheets for individuals.

Dementia Pathfinders holds training events that include artistic stimulation, for carers of people with dementia. 

Training for artists working with dementia:

National Institute for Creative Ageing (Providing Support for People Living with Dementia) offers reducational training for artists for dementia. 

Postgraduate Arts Psychotherapy Courses:

Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London: MA and PgDip in Drama and Movement Therapy MA ad PgDip.

Goldsmiths, University of London: Art Therapy MA, MRes; Dance Movement Psychotherapy PhD, MPhil.

Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Music Therapy MA.

Institute for Art in Therapy Education, London: Integrative Arts Psychotherapy MA.

Nordoff-Robbins, London: Music Therapy PhD, MPhil, MMT.

Roehampton University: Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA, Dramatherapy MA and PgDip; Music Therapy MA, PgDip,

Anglia Ruskin University: Dramatherapy MP; Music Therapy MA.

Birmingham City University: Art Therapy ‘Art Health and Wellbeing’ MA.

Bristol, University of the West: Dramatherapy MA; Music Therapy MA

Dance Voice, UK: Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA (CCCU).

University of Derby: Art Therapy MA; Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA, Dramatherapy MA.

University of Hertfordshire: Art Therapy MA.

University of Wales, Newport: Art Psychotherapy MA; Music Therapy MA

University of Worcester: Dance Therapy PgDip, PgCert; Dramatherapy MA.

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh: Dance Movement Psychotherapy MSc, Music Therapy MSc.

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