Project information

Arts 4 Dementia London Programme for 2015

A4D workshops provide high quality life transforming opportunities at arts venues for artistic stimulation to inspire and re-energise people living with dementia in the community and their carers from diagnosis. Our workshops have won wide acclaim. Your help will enable the programme to grow in 2015

January 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: Arts 4 Dementia

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  • Need


    Dementia is one of Our Biggest Challenges. Some 800,000 people have been diagnosed with dementia across England and Wales, 64,000 in London. Two-thirds live at home, coping with confusion, anxiety, agitation, increasingly isolated by perceived stigma - for up to 12 years after diagnosis. There is little guidance to the artistic stimulation that could relieve stress for them and their families.


    The creative part of the brain of people with dementia can remain unaffected for years. Artistic stimulation is offered in care settings, but little from diagnosis. Our Reawakening the Mind projects show that re-energising activities at arts venues inspire those in the early stages of dementia and their carers and keep them stress-free and happy for days afterwards. Our own workshop programme and signposting others' events on our website will assure access to this life-transforming practice.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To set up a programme of activities covering each form at arts venues around London.


    » We are arranging re-energising monthly workshops for people in the early stages of dementia at key arts venues

    Success will be bringing re-energising stimulation and fulfilling interactivity to more Londoners in the early stages of dementia and easing the stresses of their condition.

  • Impact


    These workshop programmes together with our specialist dementia awareness training programme for arts facilitators and trainee arts students, signposting events from our website - by art form, locality and day of the week - and our Best Practice Conferences and Seminars are a stimulus to arts organisations around the country to set up their own workshops to transform the lives of people with dementia.


    If arts facilitators are taken ill, we ensure there are trained replacements. We keep in close personal contact with participants and if necessary could rearrange workshop dates. Our project manager attends workshops and if she cannot, the chief executive will do so.


    We write personal letters to donors, email them, invite them to our activities, and send newsletters of A4D activities.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Arts workshops Towards 12 arts workshops
      £2,000 Administrator To increase activities on website
      £2,000 Project manager To organise conference

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    DMF Trust £750 Guaranteed
    Trustees £750 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Drama at The Almeida Theatre, Dance at English National Ballet, Art at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, opera on the Angel Community Canalboat, and we are negotiation for music at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Key


    200 people with dementia, their carers, professional artists and volunteers through the London project, and many more through signposting nationwide - there are some 600,000 people living with dementia in the community nationwide.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Arts 4 Dementia has pioneered this programme specifically to re-energise people in the early stages of dementia and carers. We provide specialist training and run A4D Best-Practice conferences and seminars to disseminate the Reawakening the Mind workshop model so as to inform arts organisations and memory services and encourage nationwide roll-out. Our website offers a platform for all arts organisations setting up this learning stream for people living with dementia in the community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Veronica Franklin Gould

    Chief executive, runs the award-winning Reawakening the Mind programme, guides training, liaises with arts organisations to help spread the practice

    Nigel Franklin

    Trustee, chair of website and marketing, provides strategic direction for the A4D website and ensures the website fully supports A4D activities.


Artist’s fee for workshop to re-energise 20 people

Every event I've been to here has been a huge joy. I want to keep coming for ever.

Participant at A4D with Rambert Dance