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  • Networking Forum for Arts Facilitators for Dementia - An event hosted by Arts 4 Dementia and Dementia Pathfinders Posted on 16 May 2018


    Friday 1st June 2018
    10am -5pm
    JW3 341-351 Finchley Road London NW3 6ET

    ‚ÄčTickets: £40 per person

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    An event hosted by Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) and Dementia Pathfinders (DP) to support arts practitioners and workshop leaders who have some experience in working with early stage dementia. The event aims to advance their practice, bringing together examples of best practice and offering an opportunity to network, share their experience and learn from others. The event will be chaired by DP trainer Aubrey Maasdorp.

    Suitable for - Arts facilitators, workshop leaders, animateurs, volunteers and postgraduate arts students, who have worked with people living with dementia, including those who have taken A4D Early Stage Dementia Awareness Training.

    10.00 Registration
    10.30 Welcome - Nigel Franklin, Chief Executive, A4D

    Guest Speaker - Polly Wright, theatre director, performer, facilitator, writer, lecturer, and founder and artistic director of The Hearth Centre.
    Hearth was set up in 2003 as a centre for Health, Education and the Humanities with Art at the Heart, using the arts to animate key issues in mental health, social care and the humanities and to promote well being. Polly co-founded Women and Theatre in Birmingham, where she co-wrote and performed many cabaret sketches and plays. Since setting up Hearth she has written and produced eight plays on mental health. Polly has taught in secondary schools and is a part time lecturer in Clinical Communication Studies and Literature and Drama in Medicine at Birmingham University. She has an MSc in Health Promotion and has been commissioned to write studies in which drama was used as a method of social research into service provision and health perceptions. She has published articles on the approach and is on the editorial board of the Arts and Health journal, Policy and Practice.

    Barbara Stephens - Chief Executive, Dementia Pathfinders. 
    Inspired by personal experiences with dementia, Barbara Stephens has committed to supporting people living with dementias and their families throughout her life and career. Dementia Pathfinders is a social enterprise committed to delivering education, learning, support and care for people living with, and supporting, dementia. Barbara is also a Caregiver-in-Chief at Unforgettable. 

    Lori Hayden - A4D Trustee and family carer. 
    After a successful career running her own public relations agency, Lori retired to care for her husband John, following his diagnosis of a rare form of Alzheimer's Posterior Cortical Atrophy. A passionate believer in the value of arts for people living with dementia, Lori speaks of her own experience with John.

    Roundtable discussions:
    Sustainability and funding
    Finding participants for programmes/linking with local service providers
    Referrals and social prescribing
    Plenary Session: feedback from roundtable discussions


    Creative Arts Workshops
    (2 sessions each of 1 hour to enable participants to attend two preferred options. You will be asked for your preferences when you register for the event.)

    Workshops - 2 Sessions to include:
    We will arrange sessions to enable as may participants as possible to attend their preferred choices.

    Concluding panel of workshop leaders with Q&A

    5pm Close


    Tea and coffee will be available on arrival and in morning and afternoon breaks.

    You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or you can purchase lunch at the JW3 cafe or at nearby shops and cafes. Please note that all food brought into JW3 must be kosher. If you do bring a packed lunch, please do not eat inside JW3.

    To book your place and for further information, please see the Eventbrite lisitng by clicking here.

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