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Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training, 29th June at the Garden Museum, 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 A4D.

Course Duration

Full day training workshop on Thursday 29th June starting at 10.30am with registration from 10.00am and finishing promptly at 17.00pm.

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.


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;


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 Garden Museum, London. 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.


Training provided by Dementia Pathfinders: Arts 4 Dementia is facilitating the training which will be provided by Dementia Pathfinders. Details of the event including the identity of the trainer may be subject to change. In the unlikely event of the training being cancelled, Arts 4 Dementia will be liable only for reimbursement of the cost charged to participants for the training.

Photography: We reserve the right to take video and/or still photographs of participants which may be used in Arts 4 Dementia and the Garden Museum publicity material.

Refunds: Arts 4 Dementia is not able to offer refunds to delegates unable to attend. A delegate unable to attend may appoint a replacement delegate by advising the name, organisation represented and email address of the replacement by email to before the start of the training.



The Garden Museum

Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1 7LB
Tel: 020 7401 8865 | Fax: 020 7401 8869


The Museum is located on the south bank of the Thames next to Lambeth Palace and opposite Tate Britain.


Our nearest tube stations are Westminster, Waterloo, Lambeth North or Vauxhall. 

You can take the 3, 344, 360, 507 or C10 bus directly to the Museum. Contact Transport for London for the latest travel updates

The nearest mainline stations are Victoria, Waterloo and Vauxhall 


Paid on street parking spaces are located at Lambeth High Street and Pratt Walk

Paid car parking can be found at the Novotel Hotel and on Black Prince Road

You may park your bicycle directly outside the front entrance.  If you are interested in hiring a bicycle on the Barclays Hire Scheme then the nearest docking station is Fire Brigade Pier


We are also a picturesque 15 minute walk from either Westminster or Tate Britain.


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Telephone: 020 7239 4954

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