Creating New Memories
We think older people suffering from memory loss or dementia should have the same access to public spaces and art as anyone.
Creating New Memories builds on our work with older people in care, aiming to offer the benefits that people suffering with dementia gain from social and creative interaction.
February 2019 - February 2020
Charity information: Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange
Over 9,000 people in Cornwall live with dementia. Local experts at Penzance Memory Cafe and Penwith Dementia Action Alliance confirm that in West Cornwall there are few dementia-friendly spaces and opportunities for older people with memory loss & their carers to benefit from social and creative interaction in a friendly environment. We know, from our work in carehomes since 2016, of the benefits art bring in prompting memories and wellbeing, and are well placed to move this work forward,
We will create a dementia and age-friendly resource using the expertise of dementia care organisations and our own experience of supporting sufferers. We will provide creative interaction and appropriate facilities within the welcome of a public gallery.
We aim to establish the regular social and creative sessions that older people are asking for in a safe and supportive environment.
Funding through this campaign will ensure the activity becomes a sustainable part of our future work.
Create a Dementia-Friendly environment at both Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange.
Activities» We will train staff in working with visitors suffering from memory loss and dementia following Dementia Action Alliance guidelines
» Build relationships, consider programming and provide appropriate facilities in line with Age-Friendly Standards issued by Arts Council England 2017
What success will look like
We receive Dementia-Friendly status from the Dementia Action Alliance
Initiate introductory ‘memory café’ type gallery visits from and to local carehomes and groups
Activities» Build new relationships with 5 carehomes, facilitating scheduled visits led by exceptional artists that we have supported to work with older people.
» Gallery staff trained to work with those suffering from memory loss will sensitively support these visits.
What success will look like
We have visits to or from at least of 3 out of the five carehomes and groups in the year Feb 2019 - Feb 2020
Lay the foundations for a regular and sustained relationship between the gallery and older people
Activities» Maintain communication and build on feedback from carehomes and groups, and their residents
» Consider older people and inter-generational relationships in our programming.
What success will look like
We have at least two repeat visits from each of those three carehomes or groups in the year.
The change we want is that the galleries are recognised both professionally and by the public as dementia-friendly spaces that are regularly used by people who suffer from memory loss, and their carers.
We want to establish a permanent offer at the gallery, be it a regular 'memory cafe' or regular supported visits from carehomes and groups.
We will have been successful if groups are sufficiently confident to make self-initiated visits after their fourth supported interaction with us.
Groups don't feel confident to bring their residents into the gallery.
We will discuss obstacles and identify solutions with them. This may mean taking the activity out to carehomes and groups temporarily or permanently.
Guests find the galleries inaccessible or in other ways unwelcoming.
We will consult carers and residents as part of achieving age-friendly status.
We do not achieve the total budget target.
We prioritise securing dementia-friendly status and initially work with fewer partners.
We will agree desired short and long term outcomes, with carers, group leaders and staff, and report to Charity Champions using empirical, observational and anecdotal evidence against SMART objectives. We will communicate progress to pledgers and donors through our usual communication channels
Budget - Project Cost: £7,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,500 dementia-friendly compliance staff training and gallery improvements £600 Intro sessions artist fees 3 x artist sessions at carehomes / groups £1,200 artist fees in gallery/offsite 6 x artist facililitated sessions £1,420 Cafe time Cafe staff time and loss of business £530 Gallery staff time 25hrs management and 15 marketing/evaluation £300 Refreshments 6 x sessions assuming 10 participants @£5 £1,000 Transport Participant minibus hire £450 materials 9 sessions
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Gallery overheads contributed to project £720 Guaranteed
The proposed gallery 'memory cafe' sessions will take place in Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange in Penzance and Newlyn, and carehomes or groups, with a catchment including 2 areas in the top 5% of the Indices of Multiple Deprivation in England. Older people represent a higher proportion of Cornwall's population than the national average at 24%. There is a net outward migration of young people and an inward migration of older retirees. 2% of the population suffer from memory loss.
The initial beneficiaries will be older people living in carehomes and attending memory cafes, and also, crucially, their carers who report the respite and wellbeing value to themselves of memory cafes. Our longterm outcome is that the galleries become established as dementia-friendly at least and as a regular 'memory cafe' session if possible, which will be a resource to the older population of Cornwall with memory loss issues, including 9,000 living with dementia.
We have worked with Arts for Health, Arts Well UK and Baring to send artists into carehomes through the Home Service project (2016-17) and learnt much about working with older people with dementia. For instance, creative interaction not connected with everyday healthcare was immensely fruitful in prompting wellbeing and whilst it at first appeared daunting to homes to bring residents into the gallery, the sense of wellbeing and social interaction was greatly valued by participants and carers.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Exhibitions Curator (Learning) will be the project manager and will select the artists with the skill and sensitivity to deliver effective outcomes.
Leader Penzance Memory Cafe Consultant and potential partner
Member, Penwith Dementia Action Alliance Consultant and potential partner
Megan Beck/ Sian Kennedy/Simon Jaques
Operations Managers, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange. Will supervise sessions within galleries, and ensure dementia-friendly standards maintained.
'The value is priceless - our residents have done things they never imagined they could do. It has built up their confidence and they've been made to feel valued and needed'