Pioneer Projects

Creative Arts for Dementia

We offer training workshops for individuals and organisations who support people living with dementia or who are planning to offer specific programmes for people living with dementia.

Through creative expression, we share ourselves and connect with others. Through creative expression, we are able to open avenues for meaningful self-expression. The arts can dramatically improve the quality of life that remains and the quality of caregiving relationships.

The workshops are interactive and participatory, using discussion, input, case studies, film, examples of good practice and research. All sessions include ‘learning through doing’ – practical creative sessions may involve exploring the role of movement and music, the visual arts and storytelling.

Since 2011, Pioneer Projects/OWN NOW Arts and Dementia Training events have been held with –

  • Lakeland Art Trust/Abbot Hall – Adult Engagement worker, artists and volunteers (Kendal, Cumbria)
  •  National Trust – National Trust Rangers and volunteers (Malham, Yorkshire)
  • The Folly Art Gallery and Museum – Staff and volunteers (Settle,  Yorkshire)
  • Anley Hall Residential Care Home – Activities workers and care staff (Settle, Yorkshire)
  • Summerhill Residential Care Home – Activities workers and care staff (Kendal, Cumbria)
  • Artists and Art Assistants employed by Pioneer Projects/OWN NOW Arts and Dementia Project (Bentham, North Yorkshire)
  • Volunteers with Pioneer Projects/OWN NOW Arts and Dementia Project (Bentham, North Yorkshire)
  • Limestone View, Housing 21, Extra Care Housing Scheme, Lower Greenfoot, Settle

Pioneer Projects is based on the Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria border

for more information please contact Philippa@pioneerprojects.org.uk