Matinée meets The Hardy Group

Today Matinée gave a short introduction to our film screenings to The Hardy Group in Derby.  The Hardy Group meets once a month at St. Peter’s Church in the centre of Derby, and welcomes over 100 people living with dementia, and their carers to a great social morning of quizzes, presentations, refreshments, and also organises social outings and coach trips for its members.

We had them singing along with Black Hills of Dakota from the film Calamity Jane – which is the next screening at QUAD on April 25th.

Long Eaton welcomed Calamity Jane!

Calamity Jane posterWe welcomed ana audience of over 30 to see Calamity Jane in Long Eaton on Wednesday 1st March.  There was singing along to some of the classic songs in the film including the Deadwood Stage, Secret Love and the Black Hills of Dakota.Calamity Jane in Long Eaton

We met in St John’s Church Hall on Canal Street in Long Eaton which has a great room for the films, and our volunteer, Mandy, in the kitchen, kept the tea, coffee and cake flowing for everyone before the film, and during the interval!

Our next Long Eaton screening is Summer Holiday on Wednesday April 5th – so please come along and sing a long with Cliff and The Shadows!



Come and volunteer for Matinée

In 2017 we are looking to recruit a team of Matinée Volunteers.  There are opportunities to help out at events – helping with hosting the screenings, and preparing refreshments.  There are also opportunities to help out with publicity and advocacy for the project too – helping get leaflets and posters out across the county, and talking to groups about the events.

If you would like to know more – please have a look at the PDF links below, and then contact the Matinée Project Coordinator, Frances Watt, by emailing [email protected]

EVENT SUPPORT – Matinee Volunteer Job Description – Event Support, Derbyshire

PUBLICITY SUPPORT – Matinee Volunteer Job Description – Publicity Support, Derbyshire

Looking forward to having you in the team!

It’s A Wonderful Life – with mince pies and carols

Matinée celebrated Christmas in Langley Mill with a screening of the classic, It’s a Wonderful Life on Dec 9th.

Its a Wonderful Life - Langley Mill15 people came to enjoy the film, and to join in singing Christmas carols led by Alzheimer’s Society volunteer, Ronda Simms. Mince pies were on offer alongside our regular cakes and biscuits.  And people were joining in with Hark the Herald at the end of the film!

Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas, and all the best for a Happy New Year!

Matinée’s four year project launched!

Arts Derbyshire Arts and Health project, Matinée, has received a high-profile grant of £175,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts Access and Participation ‘More and Better’ Fund. The project will bring the magic of cinema to community locations across Derbyshire for those living with dementia, their carers, friends and family.

The grant will enable Arts Derbyshire, the strategic arts organisation for the county, to expand Matinée over four years, working in 9 different venues across the county and with a wide cross-section of partners including: the Film Hub North West Central; Derby QUAD; Derbyshire County Council Arts Team, Public Health and Adult Care; CCGs; The University of Sheffield; The Alzheimer’s Society; the Dementia Action Alliance; and Age UK.

Matinée, currently piloting in Amber Valley District, Derby QUAD and Glossop, provides a safe and accessible space for people with dementia and their family, friend or carer to come and enjoy a classic film, chat and refreshments in a positive, friendly and welcoming environment. Cinemas and social activities are often inaccessible to this increasing and often marginalised group;

Matinée acts as an everyday, enjoyable leisure activity, helping to reduce social isolation. Working with Derbyshire Libraries and local artists, the afternoon’s entertainment also includes reminiscence, singing or film-based chat alongside film showings, prompting engagement, stirring memories, and encouraging deepening of relationships. The aim is to make the afternoon as fun and light-hearted as possible – and it’s always accompanied by plentiful tea and cake!

Alongside the screenings, partners at ScHARR (School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield) will collect evidence throughout on running dementia-friendly film events, and its effectiveness in reducing social isolation for this group. This learning will feed into the British Film Institute Film Audience Network’s plans for a national accessibility strategy, as well as enabling other groups in Derbyshire and beyond to expand their dementia friendly arts offer through Matinée training and dissemination of good practice.

For more information or to express an interest in Matinée as it develops please contact: Helena Reynolds, Arts and Health Coordinator, Arts Derbyshire, Derbyshire County Council [email protected]

For further information on current screenings see:

or contact: [email protected]


Arts Derbyshire is the strategic arts organisation for the county; it has more than 130 members, including the principal officers of the participatory and developmental arts organisations working within the county; umbrella arts and crafts organisations; Arts Development Officers or other representatives from county, district and borough councils; festivals; and representatives from children’s services, education, museums and social care. The organisation currently has ten strands of work of which Arts and Health is one.