Matinée Outreach – participant performs poems on YouTube

People living with dementia and/or memory loss have been working with Matinée Outreach artists via phone calls and creative activities sent in the post, resulting in the creation of visual art, creative writing and crafts.

When Matinée’s dementia friendly film screenings were stopped at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Arts Derbyshire launched the Outreach project as a way of continuing to connect with people living with dementia and to tackle social isolation.

One participant, Giulia Artuso, used to love performing on stage and when asked if she would like to perform again, her answer was yes but she didn’t think it would be possible. However, Giulia and her daughter worked with artist Nicky Bellenger via Zoom to record a seriesof poems, written by Giulia, and her performances are now available to watch on Arts Derbyshire’s YouTube channel.

The response to Matinée Outreach from participants and their families has been positive and uplifting, highlighting the need for a project like this.

Participants have said:
“I cannot thank you enough for what you are doing with my mum. It’s been very emotional seeing her pictures too. What you are doing is truly amazing!”

“Being part of this project, it’s been a blessing”

“There have been times where this has kept me going”

The project will continue running until March 2022 and there are currently spaces available for new participants. Artists work with participants for approximately 8 weeks and all activities are personalised to each individual. Access to Zoom isn’t required: participation can just be via phone calls and post.

If you are interested in taking part, or know someone who could be, please get in touch for more information:

Phone: 07449 732322
Email: [email protected]

Matinée Outreach participant Giulia Artuso

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.

Matinée Outreach – recruiting 3 artists April 2021

Matinée Outreach was launched response to the COVID19 lockdown. We had to cancel all planned film screenings, the impact of which deprives many people living with dementia and their carers of cultural and social interaction. Our response was to recruit and contract 2 artists to work creatively with c.30 individual households with people living with dementia and their carers living in Derbyshire and currently isolated due to the Covid19 situation. We would now like to extend that project.

Matinée Outreach aims to develop people’s 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.

Project Description:

  • To work creatively, via remote methods, with c.45 individual households (each artist working with c.15) with people living with dementia and their carers living in Derbyshire and currently isolated due to the Covid19 situation.
  • The project will be delivered via telephone and post so that it is fully accessible to those who are not confident using the internet and computer technology.
  • There may be the opportunity to deliver some small group face-to-face sessions towards the end of the project

Project Objectives:

  • To enable people living with dementia in the community who have experienced isolation during the COVID19 lockdown to explore their creativity, share experiences, prioritise their wellbeing and have fun.
  • To focus on the engagement and participation of people taking part.
  • To develop participants’ sense of social connectedness through:
    • developing a new relationship with an artist remotely,
    • knowing they are involved in a project that other people are also participating in,
    • the option to exhibit or present some of their new skills and creative pieces in public at a later date.

Artist Recruitment

Recruit 3 professional artists to deliver the creative sessions working with c.15 households each, with a track record of delivering creative projects with people living with dementia

      • 1 artist specialising in creative conversation and bespoke painting/visual art
      • 1 artist specialising in using creative conversation and bespoke themed craft activities
      • 1 artist specialising in using creative conversation and bespoke writing

Further details of how to apply are included in the document links below.

Timetable

  • Monday 19 April 2021 – Artist Call out
  • Monday 10 May 2021 – Deadline for receipt of proposals is 9am. Proposals must be sent by email.
  • Tuesday 11 May 2021 – Shortlist artists notified
  • Thursday 13 May 2021 – interviews
  • Friday 14 May 2021 – notification to successful candidates
  • Monday 17 May 2021 – project start date
  • End of March 2022 – project end date and exhibition pieces completed.

Note: The timetable outlined above may be subject to change.

 

WORD DOC

01 Specification for Matinee Outreach Artist 2021

02 Form of Quotation for Matinee Outreach Artist 2021

03 Price Schedule for Matinee Outreach Artist 2021

 

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01 Specification for Matinee Outreach Artist 2021

02 Form of Quotation for Matinee Outreach Artist 2021

03 Price Schedule for Matinee Outreach Artist 2021

 

 

 

 

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!

THANK YOU!

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