Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations and Facilita...

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A4D Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations at Imperial War Museum, London


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

Course Duration

Full day training workshop.

Course Title

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

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)

10.15 Registration

10.30 Welcome - A4D on "Identity"

10.45 Dementia Pathfinders discuss ageing, memory loss, dementia types, person-centred care, and show Keith Oliver film - the challenges of young onset Alzheimer's

1.15 Lunch

2.15 Components of Communication, skills, challenges, analysis, followed by understanding behaviours and the changing needs of participants

3.30 Tea break

3.45 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.

5.00 Sharing of Practice

5.30 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.

Having been to many workshops (so feel that I am qualified to say) I thought it was fantastic, it was inspirational and uplifting (which was a surprise). The format of the day worked really well and Aubrey was a humorous, engaging and an extremely knowledgeable speaker and [the A4D workshop] insights were invaluable too. It was fantastic to meet so many like minded people from such varied artistic practices and backgrounds. It was a thoroughly enlightening day.


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

You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or you can purchase lunch in the Museum Cafe or 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.


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


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 info@arts4dementia.org.uk before the start of the training.


Arts 4 Dementia retains participant contact information in accordance with the Privacy notice published on its website www.arts4dementia.org.uk.

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