Matinée: Bringing creativity home

Arts Derbyshire is delighted to support Dementia Action Week 2021 with the launch of the second round of our Matinée Outreach dementia friendly arts project.  The project invites those living with dementia and their carers in Derbyshire to take part in a creative adventure over telephone and post with our fabulous team of professional artists. There’s the chance to explore some creative writing, or crafts or visual arts all from the safety and comfort of your own home, and at your own speed.

The first round of projects started in October 2020 in an attempt to defeat some of the social and cultural isolation that we’ve all been living with. The project was really helpful to those who had not been able to join in any online activities during lockdowns, but now we’d like to extend it to anyone living with dementia who may be anxious about getting out in the community but would like to be involved in a creative activity.

We had some lovely feedback from participants who really enjoyed the conversations and activities they were able to take part in with the artists. Our professional artists are experienced in working with people living with dementia. They will chat with you to find topics and themes to play with creatively, and you’ll be surprised with what happens next!

Feedback from our first projects:

“Mum hasn’t had an interaction like that with someone in a long time”

“I do enjoy our conversations”

“I’ve loved our phone calls. Thank you for all you’ve done for me”

“Please can this carry on?”

The project offers 8 regular sessions working 1:1 with one artist. Sessions are available in June/July/August 2021, and again in the Autumn. If you know anyone who would be interested then please get in touch with the project coordinator, Frances Watt on 07449 732322 or email [email protected].

This project is an Arts Derbyshire Arts and Health project supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Derbyshire County Council Public Health.

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