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Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Programmes, Digby Memorial Church Hall, Sherborne

Arts 4 Dementia

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST)

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This early-stage dementia awareness session will be delivered for Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) by a Dementia Pathfinders trainer Olivia McLennan, with dementia friendly arts venue and arts workshop guidance for dementia from Veronica Franklin Gould A4D founder and director of the Reawakening - Living Well with Dementia in Dorset 2017 programme. There will be opportunities for sharing practice and ideas.

Course Duration
Full day training workshop.

Course Title
Arts 4 Dementia: Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisation, Arts Workshop Leaders, Lecturers

Suitable for
Arts facilitators, workshop leaders, artists, dancers, animateurs, musicians, actors, craftsmen and women, lecturers, medical students, postgraduate arts students, volunteers and all working creatively with people affected by early stage dementia and their carers. Organisational staff in areas focused on learning, access, inclusion, development, community outreach, audience development, or visitor programmes.

Aim of the Day
To give arts programme leaders, NADFAS lecturers, arts managers, volunteers and front of house staff insight into the challenges people face as the various types of dementia set in, their communication needs, their existing skills and how best to access these so as to adjust individual arts practice so as to engage and maximse participants interest in their programmes. To help organisations increase their impact in the community, through involvement with Reawakening - Living Well with Dementia in Dorset 2017 and encourage them to register events for inclusion in the Reawakening arts festival programme (15 May - 9 June). To encourage doctors to recommend patients with memory loss, on, before and after diagnosis, to take up arts activity

Programme (approximate timings)

10.00   Registration
10.30   Welcome - VFG presents Reawakening - Living Well with Dementa in Dorset 2017.
           On preserving "Identity"
10.45   Dementia Pathfinders introductions and learning outcomes
  • How dementia differs from normal ageing
  • Main dementia types, including younger onset dementia    
  • Early signs, symptoms and treatments
  • Brain functions
  • Young Onset Dementia video (2013) interviews headmaster Keith Oliver, who was diagnosed at 55 with Alzheimer's.  Oliver describes his challenges and coping strategies. (Three years on, Oliver continues to address dementia conferences). 
1.15   Lunch
2.00   Components of Communication, skills, challenges, analysis    
         Understanding behaviours, changing needs of participants     
3.15   Tea break
3.30   VFG presents arts programme guidance to re-energise and inspire participants with
         early stage dementia and carers.    
  • A4D approach - challenging, but achievable, person-centred and rewarding for all
  • By art form  - visual arts, music, dance, drama
  • A4D workshop model, aims and objectives, challenges and resolutions
  • Signposting and referrals to your programms 
4.00   Chris Matthews, Alzheimer's Society Dementia Action Alliance "Dementia Friendly Arts Venues"
4.15   Sherborne Abbey

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.'

Digby Memorial Church Hall, Sherborne. 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 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 Sherborne Abbey 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.



Sherborne rail station is 5 minutes walk, 1 minute drive from Digby Memorial Church Hall.

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 Programmes, Digby Memorial Church Hall, Sherborne? Contact Arts 4 Dementia

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Digby Memorial Church Hall
Digby Rd
DT9 3NL Sherborne
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 from 10:00 to 17:00 (BST)

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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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