New date for Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations: March 2018

Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts & Heritage Organisations
Park Theatre, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Arts 4 Dementia warmly invites arts organisations learning managers, facilitators, artists and healthcare professionals to book a place on our upcoming Early Stage Dementia Awareness training at the Park Theatre.  As we launched this event, it was almost half full due to the large number of people wait-listed for the previous training and it’s filling quickly.  If you would like to join us, we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment!

Eventbrite - Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations at Park Theatre

This early-stage dementia awareness session will be delivered for Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) by a Dementia Pathfinders trainer Aubrey Maasdorp, with arts workshop guidance from Imelda Dooley Hunter, A4D.

Course Duration

Full day training workshop.

Course Title

Arts 4 Dementia: Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators

Suitable for

Arts facilitators, workshop leaders, animateurs, volunteers and postgraduate arts students. Organisational staff in areas focused on learning, access, inclusion, development, community outreach, audience development, or visitor programmes.

Aim of the Day

To give arts facilitators greater understanding, increased skills and confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers. To help organisations work towards reaching new audiences, making their institutions more inclusive, and increasing their impact in the community.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

10:00 – 17:00


Park Theatre
Clifton Terrace
Finsbury Park
N4 3JP

For more details of what the day will include, please see the programme below.

To book, either head straight to Eventbrite, or contact:

Imelda Dooley Hunter (Arts 4 Dementia administrator)
020 7239 4954


Programme (approximate timings)

10.00 Registration

10.30 Welcome – A4D on “Identity”

10.45 Dementia Pathfinders discuss ageing, memory loss, dementia types, person-centred care
Keith Oliver film – the challenges of young onset Alzheimer’s;

1.15 Lunch

2.00 Components of Communication, skills, challenges, analysis
Understanding behaviours, changing needs of participants

3.15 Tea break

3.30 A4D workshops, challenging approach to lift fog of dementia and release creative impulse
A4D workshop model; aims and objectives, challenges and resolutions; funding,
referrals including signposting through A4D and other arts and health networks;
How else A4D can help.

4.30 Sharing of Practice

5.00 Close

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of the various types of dementia and how these impact on people’s abilities and feelings in the early stages
  • Explain the key communication approaches
  • Describe with confidence the value of arts based approaches when working with people with early stage dementia
  • Explain the impact of Arts 4 Dementia’s re-energising approach for participants
  • Engage the interest of participants with early-stage dementia and encourage them to develop new creative skills


You are welcome to bring a packed lunch on the premises or you can purchase lunch at nearby shops and cafes.

Eventbrite - Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Organisations at Park Theatre
Testimonials from Previous Trainings

I feel I have a better understanding of the complexities and symptoms of those living with dementia, as well as an increased awareness and concern for their carers.
Trainee, Putney Arts Theatre, July 2016.

I understand now that people are individuals and that dementia should not take away that identity.
Trainee, Jewish Museum, September 2016.

Excellent information on dementia and best practice; it challenged my assumptions!
Trainee, Natural History Museum, December 2016.

Having been to many workshops (so feel that I am qualified to say) I thought it was fantastic, it was inspirational and uplifting (which was a surprise). The format of the day worked really well and Aubrey was a humorous, engaging and an extremely knowledgeable speaker and [the A4D workshop] insights were invaluable too. It was fantastic to meet so many like minded people from such varied artistic practices and backgrounds. It was a thoroughly enlightening day.
Trainee, Garden Museum, July 2017.

The popular full day A4D Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators developed with Dementia Pathfinders, gives arts facilitators across art forms greater understanding, increased skills and confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing early stage dementia and their carers, as well as a valuable opportunity to share experiences with facilitators from other arts organisations from across the UK.

Arts organisers, facilitators, project managers, workshop leaders, front of house teams and volunteer postgraduate arts students are all welcome to attend.

As well as valuable content enabling you to work effectively with people affected by different types of dementia, and dementia friendly arts venue guidance, participants find equal value in the networking and knowledge sharing with other arts facilitators from across art forms.

To date, we have trained almost 500 workshop leaders and managers, who have gone on to deliver high-quality arts programmes for individuals living with early stage dementia in their communities. We estimate that this year, these A4D trained facilitators will deliver arts experiences to almost 10,000 people living with dementia and carers.
Our Reawakening the Mind programme has established a workshop model for arts venues to re-energise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia and their carers.

We are happy to advise arts organisations, artists, dancers, animateurs, musicians, photographers and combined arts facilitators wishing to set up – ideally weekly – workshop and training programmes.