by the Lake's 'Living Well with Dementia' programme has been created in
response to audience feedback and local demand. It gives people who are living
with dementia in the community, and crucially their family and carers, the
opportunity to access the arts in a way that suits their individual
- Provide a building where people
feel welcome and safe; and confident to engage with the arts on whatever
level they feel comfortable.
- Offer choice through a variety of
high quality opportunities, activities and experiences.
- Share our learning with other
organisations and businesses to create a dementia friendly
We want to ensure people feel safe and comfortable
within the theatre so we sought advice from dementia specialists who audited
the building and made recommendations in line with Stirling Standards. We have
made staff aware of these changes, implementing what we can and will continue
to do so when we are able.
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Three members of our staff are Dementia Champions
and have delivered Dementia Friends sessions to over 150 volunteers and FOH
staff. Awareness sessions continue year-round and we have incorporated dementia
awareness information into our staff induction process.
Our team of creative practitioners developed our
'Setting the Scene' model - a series of creative sessions enabling people to
share, create and connect. The sessions are a blend of simple drama exercises,
singing, music and movement, storytelling, crafts and conversation.
It has been designed to be enjoyed by participants
and carers together, weekly activities are built around a theme and adapted to
suit all abilities. Participants can attend weekly, or dip in and out. We aim
to shape the session content to respond to participants' interests,
personalities and requests. They're all tailored to give each individual the
chance to be involved as much or as little as they like.
- Peer support for carers.
- Focus on what people can
- Feeling of well-being.
- Everyone is welcome.
- Social time built in.
- Sessions are completely
- As much about the carer as the
person with dementia.
- A chance for the carer to be
themselves and relax amongst people who understand.
- Share new experiences and create
- Be creative in many different
- An accepting environment.
In order to provide more choice we have teamed up
with like-minded partners to deliver other activities within the building.
These include regular reading groups, dance sessions, specialist performances
and backstage tours.
For more information click here or contact
Mary Elliott on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 017687 81103.