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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).

Course Details

Full day training workshop.
10:00 registration for a 10:30 am start - 17:00 pm
Thursday 29th June

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, Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1 7LB. See below for transport 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's 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.


their 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.


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

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