Matinée Outreach – Recruiting 2 Artists JULY 2020

Matinée Outreach, is a new element to our scheme and a response to the COVID19 lockdown and its effects on the project and its participants. We have had to cancel all our film screenings for the next year and know that is depriving many people living with dementia and their carers of cultural and social interaction. Our response is to recruit and contract 2 artists to work creatively with c.30 individual households (c.15 for each artist) with people living with dementia and their carers living in Derbyshire and currently isolated due to the Covid19 situation. The project aims to develop their sense of social connectedness – not only through developing a new relationship with an artist remotely, but knowing they are involved in a project that other people are also participating in, and with the option to present some of their new skills and creative pieces in public at a later date. The project will enable people living with dementia to explore, develop and grow through creativity.

We are currently recruiting for 2 artists to deliver our Matinée Outreach project. Further information about the roles, and project, and the application requirements are given in the documents below.

All applications must be received by 9am Monday 24th August 2020. Applications received after that time cannot be accepted.

For further information or queries please contact the Matinée Project Co-ordinator:

Cancellation of Matinée films due to COVID19

cancelledSadly we have to cancel all our scheduled Matinée films with immediate effect for the foreseeable future.
This is due to the ongoing COVID19 situation.
We are following advice from Public Health.
We hope to reschedule at a later date when things have calmed down.
In the meantime, we hope you and yours stay safe.
Please get in touch with Frances if you have any queries.

Cancellation of March 2020 films

cancelledWe have been advised to cancel our March screenings in light of the current COVID19 situation. This affects the screening in Bolsover on Wed 18 March, and Matlock on 20 March 2020.

We will be reviewing our future screenings as soon as a national policy on self-distancing and self-isolation is further developed.

We’re very sorry to have to make this decision, but hope to bring the films to you at a future date when the situation improves.



Matinée Dementia Friendly Films – Interim evaluation just out!

We are delighted to share our the Interim report from the Matinée Dementia Friendly Cinema Screenings learning programme: Matinee Interim report Year 3 02.20 FV
     This report has been put together by the research team at the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham – Dr Emma Broome, Professor Tom Dening, and Professor Justine Schneider – and is an excellent reflection of both this year and of the project so far, leading us into year 4 of the 5-year project with some very interesting evidence and questions.
     Matinée is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Derbyshire County Council Public Health, and run by Arts Derbyshire.
     Do feel free to distribute the report to those who might be interested, and we look forward to the final project report which will be published in 2021. If you have any questions or queries about the report, or would like some help in setting up your own cinema screenings or making other arts work more dementia friendly, please do contact the team:
  • Arts and Health Co-ordinator (maternity cover for this role from 24/2/20): Rachel Massey – [email protected]
  • Matinée Project Co-ordinator: Frances Watt – [email protected]

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

We had a busy day on Tuesday 10 December with over 250 people enjoying dementia friendly screenings across the county. We had over 40 at QUAD in Derby, and over 215 at The Winding Wheel in Chesterfield!

And none of it would be possible without the fabulous help of our Alzheimer’s Society volunteers! They are truly magnificent!


Four volunteers smiling behind a table of cups of tea
Fabulous volunteers at Chesterfield!
People arriving at The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
Watching Miracle on 34th Street, The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield


More dementia friendly films in Derbyshire Dales!

Matinée Derbyshire and Darley Dale Film Club are working together to provide 4 dementia friendly film screenings this Autumn/Winter. 2 in Matlock, 2 in Darley Dale. Please do share with people living with dementia, their friends, families and carers. Thanks!

Dementia Friendly Films in Matlock and Darley Dale v3

 Friday, 27 September : Singin’ in the Rain [U]






Darley Dale – The Methodist Hall, Darley Dale, DE4 2FT

FREE. Doors open, and light refreshments 1.30pm. Films start at 2pm.

Friday, 4 October : The Magnificent Seven[PG]

Matlock– Imperial Rooms, Imperial Road, Matlock, DE4 3NL

£4, carer free. Doors open, and light refreshments 1pm. Start at 1.30pm.






Friday, 22 November : Some Like It Hot [12]

Darley Dale – The Methodist Hall, Darley Dale, DE4 2FT

FREE. Doors open, and light refreshments 1.30pm. Films start at 2pm.






Friday, 6 December : White Christmas[U]

Matlock– Imperial Rooms, Imperial Road, Matlock, DE4 3NL

£4, carer free. Doors open, and light refreshments 1pm. Films start at 1.30pm.





Open to all members of the public, the programme offers a relaxed, sociable atmosphere with tea, coffee and cake being served.

Please let us know if you would like help with transport.

People living with dementia and family members often feel isolated as they may find it difficult to cope in unfamiliar social groupings and settings.  This special programme is designed with an interval to create a small, comfortable, welcoming venue. There is ready access to toilets or a quiet area during the screening of the film and people are free to move around during the performance.

Family members or carers will be expected to accompany those with dementia. Volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society and Darley Dale Film Society will act in a supportive role.

Elvis is in the building!

On Wed 13th May, Elvis Presley spent the afternoon wooing a Long Eaton audience at St John’s Church Hall. Over 50 people came to enjoy the film Blue Hawaii and sing along with Elvis!

We were also thrilled to be joined by the Belper Ukulele Group. Eight of them came to sing through some classic songs like You are my sunshine, When I’m cleaning windows, Hit the road Jack and Waltzing Matilda! They were great fun – and we enjoyed singing along with them!

Please come to the next Long Eaton film screening on Wed 18th September – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Kicking off the 2019 season in Chesterfield

Genevieve at The Winding Wheel, Feb 2019

Over 70 people came to the Winding Wheel in Chesterfield on Wed 6th Feb to enjoy the vintage car chase classic – Genevieve. There was a lovely mix of regular attendees, and quite a few new people who hadn’t been before. Again, we had superb support from our Alzheimer’s Society volunteers: Helen, Colin, Ann and Heather.  We’re also tremendously grateful for the support from Wendy Blunt at Chesterfield Borough Council, and the Winding Wheel’s front of house, catering and technical staff too.


Our next Chesterfield screening is 8th May 2019. We’ll be showing The Band Wagon, featuring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse and Oscar Levant.