Heart for Art provides an activity and space that serves the needs of both those with a diagnosis of dementia and those who care for them. It aims to promote creativity, self-worth and achievement for those taking part and is run by CrossReach who has been running these arts groups since 2012.
“We know from research and our own experience that creativity stimulates conversation, aids concentration and even improves memory retention. With pencil or paintbrush in hand, we see people with dementia expressing themselves freely and finding ways to communicate. In the company of art tutors and others with dementia, our artists find friendship, purpose and acceptance. As their confidence grows, so do their smiles.”
Heart for Art provides an activity you can do alongside someone with dementia. At the same time, it gives families and carers a chance to take a break or speak to others in a similar situation. At every Heart for Art session a CrossReach Ambassador is on hand to give advice.
We try to exhibit our artwork as much as we can, proving the value and beauty of what people with dementia can do. This helps to break down barriers of stigma and discrimination.
Anybody with dementia is welcome to join our Heart for Art sessions, it doesn’t matter if you have painted all your life or you are completely new to it. Come along and experience the creativity, companionship and self-confidence that Heart for Art provides.
Sessions will take place In St Matthew’s Hall on Tuesdays from 11am until 1pm for a maximum of 15 people with dementia. For those who don’t feel like creating anything during the session there will be access to art books and magazines.
At each of the sessions there will be a ‘Drop In’ element supported by a trained, appointed volunteer providing advice, support and information on dementia.
For more information contact Jacqui Lindsay on the number or email below,
Tel: 07834 364 628