Following a successful pilot last year, PHP’s Creative Arts for Dementia programme – which supports both people with dementia and their carers – will welcome more participants later this month.
Anyone who has recently been diagnosed, or is experiencing early-stage dementia, can join the Borough of Poole-funded programme, which allows residents to try their hand at watercolour painting, ceramics, photography, soapstone engraving and printing. No previous experience is necessary and all materials are provided.
The relaxed and informal workshops are run by PHP and Dorset artist Richard Jeffery, who uses arts and environment-based projects to work with residents with mixed abilities across the south west of England.
Practical, creative activities, such as those being offered during the 16-week programme, are known to help aid cognitive skills in later life, as well as raise self-esteem and offer increased opportunities for self-expression and communication amongst people living with dementia.
Uniquely, the new group is also open to those who are supporting people with dementia. Every week, carers and family members will be able to discuss their experiences with each other, and receive advice from dementia care professionals, while the art workshops are taking place.
Residents who participated in last year’s pilot told us they “enjoyed the course and thought it was well organised” and they “felt relaxed and enjoyed trying new things”.
Creative Arts for Dementia takes place at Belmont Court, an extra care scheme in Upper Parkstone. The property has recently benefitted from a £150,000 refurbishment, including the construction of an exciting new sensory garden, to bring the scheme up to ‘extra care’ standard and improve the surroundings for residents and the local community to enjoy.
Claire Wade, Community Involvement Officer and a Dementia Champion, said: “Creative Arts for Dementia was a big success last year, so we’re delighted to be welcoming more residents to enjoy the workshops this month. The programme has been designed to allow art enthusiasts of all abilities to take part in a stimulating, sociable environment. ”
Booking for the 16-week programme, which starts on Friday 12th February 2016 (2-3.45pm), is essential. We also ask that participants attend all the workshops. The programme will not run on Friday 25th March, Friday 1st April, Friday 20th and Friday 27th May 2016. The cost is £4 per participant, per week. No charge for carers. Refreshments are free.
Please contact Claire Wade on 01202 264310 for more information and to book your place.