Pioneer Projects

The project is aimed at people living with dementia and their caregivers in Bentham and
surrounding areas. The sessions offer stimulating activities in this rural location, which
are sociable, fun and safe. The Making Art group for those living with Dementia runs on a weekly basis.

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
movement, gardening.