We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with Chichester Festival Theatre by supporting their Ageless campaign. The initiative looks to provide creative and social opportunities within the community for people with dementia.
We have lent our support to a community project helping to provide dementia-friendly creative workshops. The popular Mind, Body, Sing sessions, which had been held at St Paul’s Church, have now moved to the Augusta Care Home on Winterbourne Road in Chichester. This means that they are now available for residents who are unable to travel but will still be open to the public. The sessions last for an hour and use the healing and connecting energy of music and singing.
Chichester Festival Theatre have also launch a series of workshops this year at The Dementia Support Hub in Tangmere called Creative Responses. This uses materials from the theatre archives, from programmes and props to photos and videos to prompt participants to write their own drama or poetry based on the session. Just as with the singing workshop, no prior experience or training is required and the atmosphere is open and friendly to all. There are plans to take this successful session on the road and offer the service and expertise to local care homes in the future.
We are proud to be working with Chichester Festival Theatre and providing support to these projects. They identified a lack of dementia services in Chichester and, playing on their strengths and rich heritage, have provided activities which are positive for people with dementia through the Ageless campaign. The activities also provide the valuable services of offering a few hours respite for carers.
We are committed to providing support to the community, and our ongoing partnership with the theatre allows us to help fund creative, inspiring and truly worthwhile projects happening across the region.