The Creative Arts and Dementia community sessions are aimed at people living with dementia and their caregivers in Bentham and surrounding areas. These longstanding weekly artist led sessions held in the community continue to thrive, offering stimulating activities in this rural location, which are sociable, fun and safe.
The groups are well attended and offer high quality and carefully managed artist led activities to improve the lives of people living with dementia their carers and families. The groups are full of care using arts activities to stimulate engagement and create pleasure.
A carer who regularly attends our Bentham session with her husband says :
I thoroughly enjoy myself on a Monday. It is hugely uplifting. I love the conversations we have and the artwork we do. G never did art, he was a musician, but he is loving it; it is so good to see him happy, he always wants to come. Well, we both look forward to it each week.
Once a month the Carer’s group for those living with Dementia runs in parallel in our building,
avoiding the need for alternative respite care arrangements to be needed. To accommodate the increase in numbers as the Carer’s meet the session is movement and dance rather than creative artwork. Our lead artist for dance and movement is a Parkinson’s specialist. The groups
benefit the participants who are living with dementia, their carers and the trained
volunteers who support the sessions.
The groups are person centred and participants are supported to use and develop their
own interests and ideas. We bring artists experienced in arts and health work who have
a wide range of methods e.g. printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, music and