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Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations at the Natural History Museum, London

Arts 4 Dementia

Friday, 9 December 2016 from 10:30 to 17:30 (GMT)

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Participant (Single) 8 Dec 2016 £85.00 £0.00
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For two or more participants from the same organisation
8 Dec 2016 £75.00 £0.00

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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) and Amy Tasker (Administrator, 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.

Programme (approximate timings)

10.00   Registration
10.30   Welcome - A4D on "Identity"
10.45   Dementia Pathfinders discuss ageing, memory loss, dementia types, person-centred 
          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
         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.'
Natural History Museum, London. See below for how to get there.
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 on outdoor benches, 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 Putney Arts Theatre 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.



By Tube
The nearest Tube station is South Kensington on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines. The station is approximately five minutes’ walk from the Museum.  Use the Transport for London Journey Planner to find the quickest route to the Museum.

By bus
Routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop close to the Museum.

By bicycle
There are cycle racks by the Cromwell Road entrance and on Exhibition Road. The nearest Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations are outside our Exhibition Road entrance and on Thurloe Place, near South Kensington Tube station.

Further information at:

Reaching new audiences, making their institutions more inclusive, increasing their impact in the community

Do you have questions about Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations at the Natural History Museum, London? Contact Arts 4 Dementia

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Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London
United Kingdom

Friday, 9 December 2016 from 10:30 to 17:30 (GMT)

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Arts 4 Dementia

Arts 4 Dementia was founded in 2011 to develop a learning stream for arts venues to provide weekly workshops to re-energise people affected by dementia from diagnosis, their families and carers.  

We believe that people with dementia, like the rest of us, have the right to enjoy their lives to the full. 

Engagement with artistic activity inspires and gives new direction to people with dementia and enables them to restore and develop new creative skills.

Our mission is to enable people with dementia to live better and longer at home and to enjoy with their family carers a fulfilling creative life in the community.  

We work with leaders in the field and major arts venues to encourage high-quality artistic events for people with dementia and their carers, and to present an innovative, vital opportunity for continuing professional development, and with the Alzheimer's Society to deliver early-stage dementia awareness training for arts facilitators.

Since our London Arts Challenge in 2012 programme of weekly arts activities, covering art, dance, South Asian Dance, scriptwriting and drama, media, music, photography and poetry at 17 arts venues around the capital, which was awarded the London 2012 Inspire mark, its evaluation Reawakening the Mind has provided useful quantitative and qualitative evidence to describe the benefits by art form on dementia type, the first multiple art form resource with models by art form, for activities for early-stage dementia.

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