Networking Forum for Arts Facilitators for Dementia, Barbican Centre

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Barbican Centre

Silk Street



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Improve your practice, meet other leading facilitators, come and be inspired!

An event to support arts practitioners, workshop leaders, learning teams and health professionals, particularly those who have some experience in working with early stage dementia.

Keith Oliver - Aubrey Maasdorp - Imelda


The event aims to advance your practice, bringing together examples of best practice and insights from people with lived experience of dementia. As well as the opportunity to participate in workshops led by experts in their fields, you will have an opportunity to network, share your experience and learn from other delegates.

  • Keynote Speaker Keith Oliver, an international authority and author of three books on the lived experience of dementia.
  • Choose three of six workshops led by outstanding facilitators in their field

The event is hosted by Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) and Dementia Pathfinders (DP) will be chaired by DP trainer Aubrey Maasdorp.

We are grateful to the Barbican Centre for supporting this event.

Course Duration

Full day workshop.

Course Title

Networking Forum for Arts Facilitators for Dementia

Suitable for

  • Arts managers and learning teams
  • Arts facilitators, workshop leaders and animateurs
  • Link workers and health professionals involved with social prescribing
  • Volunteers
  • Postgraduate arts students

who have worked with people living with dementia, including those who have taken A4D Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training.



10:00 Registration

10:30 Welcome - Nigel Franklin, Chief Executive, A4D

Chair - Aubrey Maasdorp, Dementia Pathfinders Trainer

Followed by speakers:

  • Barbara Stephens - Chief Executive, Dementia Pathfinders. Inspired by personal experiences with dementia, Barbara Stephens has committed to supporting people living with dementias and their families throughout her life and career. Dementia Pathfinders is a social enterprise committed to delivering education, learning, support and care for people living with, and supporting, dementia. Barbara is also a Caregiver-in-Chief at Unforgettable.

  • Keith Oliver, our Keynote Speaker,was diagnosed with young onset dementia in 2010 at the age of 55, and has since become a leading advocate and activist for dementia. Author of Dear Alzheimer’s: A Diary of Living with Dementia and Walk the Walk Talk the Talk, Keith is a national and international speaker. The video Keith Oliver's Story, which we use in our training, challenges many preconceptions about dementia.

Lived experience of care givers in conversation. Aubrey will discuss the challenges of living with a partner with dementia and experiences of engaging in arts workshop programmes with:

  • Jacquie Nunn, a teacher, who became Head of the School of Education at Roehampton University and subsequently had a national role as Director for Quality in Initial Teacher Training at the Teacher Training Agency. Her husband Tony was a barrister and had a busy practice until he was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s in 2010 at the age of sixty. Soon afterwards Jacquie resigned to become a full time carer. Tony is now in the later stage of his dementia but since the diagnosis both have derived tremendous support and encouragement through their engagement with creative projects, including art, music and dance.

  • Peter Millett, a retired British diplomat who served as British Ambassador in a number of countries. His wife June, a lover of the arts, travelled widely with him and actively engaged in diplomatic life overseas. Recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's, June attended with Peter A4D Poetry at the National Poetry Library. They regularly attend other arts programmes which are open to all. Peter is a trustee of Arts 4 Dementia.

The discussion will be followed by Q&A with Aubrey, Keith, Jacquie and Peter.

11:30 - 11:45 Refreshment Break

Best practice creative arts workshops

There will be six workshops, spread between three sessions, enabling participants to attend three preferred options. You will be asked for your preferences when you register for the event.

We will schedule the workshops to enable as many people as possible to attend their preferred choices. Where this isn't possible, advantage will be given to early bookers.

Workshops will include:

  • Visual arts led by Grace Holliday. Grace is an Illustrator, Mark-Maker and Creative Educator. Her creative outreach work has evolved to include collaborations with many different creative institutions and organisations. From October 10, she is leading A4D Sensory Storytelling through Illustration workshop programme at the House of Illustration.

  • Dance, led by Laura Harvey, Laura is a Dance Practitioner specialising in contemporary dance and ballet. She has led A4D workshops with Rambert and English National Ballet and has facilitated further programmes of activity at both organisations for early-stage dementia.

  • Scriptwriting led by award-winning playwright Simon Longman. Included in Simon's distinguished career was his leading an A4D Scriptwriting programme with the Royal Court Theatre, early this year - which we loved so much, we asked him to do this.

  • Music with Kevin Plummer. This workshop will explore ways of reaching people with early-stage dementia using warm-ups, music games, instruments and group siinging. It will show how to make a meaningful repertoire of songs and have fun. Kevin is a musician, composer, workshop leader and co-director of Music for Wellbeing CIC and has long experience of running music workshops for people living with dementia.

  • Drama with Marie Fortune. Marie is an award winning actress and puppeteer with over 10 years experience delivering and facilitating workshops. In 2013 she began working with playwright Brian Daniels on 'Don't Leave Me Now' a play which highlights lived experiences of Young Onset Dementia. She has performed in over 100 readings of the play nationwide, participating in many Q&A panels and creating conversations through drama. Working with Dementia Pathfinders she has been running drama workshops for YoYo a Young Onset Dementia support group in North London. She is currently developing 'this is me' a new piece of puppetry based theatre exploring Young Onset Dementia with her company Foan and Fortune.

  • Ingredients of Quality Time with Charlotte Overton-Hart. In this informal workshop we will explore the INGREDIENTS that make for spending quality time with people living with dementia, carers, and everyone. Whether you are a fledgling or experienced arts practitioner, activity co-ordinator, or family carer, this workshop will inspire, encourage, and equip you to use the creative arts and everyday creativity in your own context.

11:45 - 13:00 Workshops 1 & 2

13:00 - 13:45 Lunch Break

13:45 - 15:00 Workshops 3 & 4

15:00 - 15:15 Refreshment Break

15:15 - 16:30 Workshops 5 & 6

16.30 - 17:00 Closing session - Panel to discuss topics of interest, that may include Funding and Recruitment, including Social Prescribing. This will be an opportunity to raise burning questions that have come up during the day.

17:00 CLOSE



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

You can purchase lunch at the Barbican cafe or at nearby shops and cafes.


Subject to change

Details of the event including the identity of speakers and workshop leaders may be subject to change. In the unlikely event of the event being cancelled, we 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 JW3 publicity material.


Arts 4 Dementia and Dementia Pathfinders are 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 admin@arts4dementia.org.uk before the start of the event.



By Tube

We are within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate.

Barbican: 4 min walk; Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Circle lines
Moorgate: 7 min walk; Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Circle lines
St Paul's: 11 min walk; Central line

Plan your journey and find up to date travel information on the TfL website.

By Train

The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon.

Liverpool Street: 11 min walk
Farringdon: 11 min walk

Old Street and Moorgate are also served by Great Northern and Thameslink trains and are within walking distance of the Barbican.

Plan your journey and find up to date travel information on the National Rail website.

By Bus

Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street. Alight at 'Silk Street'.

The Barbican is also close to Bus Route 4 and 56 which serve Barbican tube station.

The Barbican is easily accessible by bus from around the city; plan your journey and see live bus times on the TfL Interactive Bus Map.


Cycle racks are available at the entrance to Car Park 5 and exit to Car Park 3, which are accessible from inside the Beech Street tunnel. There are also additional bike racks on Silk Street and Golden Lane.

There are TfL Cycle Hire Docking Stations located on Silk Street and Beech Street. You can find the nearest docking station and bike availability on Citymapper.

Helmets and equipment can be left in our free cloakrooms, located on Level -1.

Plan your journey using the TfL Cycle Journey Planner.

Want to plan your journey?

Follow the link below and CityMapper will plan your journey!



All our Car Parks are within the Barbican Centre and can be accessed via Silk Street or via the Beech Street tunnel.

Access by Silk Street: the first car park will be Car Park 3 and you will be on Level -1 of the Barbican.
Access by Beech Street: the first car park will be Car Park 5 and Car Park 4 and you will be on the Ground Floor of the Barbican.

No entrance or exit through Silk Street: 12.30am–6am

Please note there is a car park height restriction of: 6'1" / 1.85m



In this informal workshop we will explore the INGREDIENTS that make for spending quality time with people living with dementia, carers, and everyone. Whether you are a fledgling or experienced arts practitioner, activity co-ordinator, or family carer, this workshop will inspire, encourage, and equip you to use the creative arts and everyday creativity in your own context.

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