JOIN our Box of Smiles Shared Experience programme

Date: July 19 – August 23

Time: 11 – 12:45 every Tuesday

Venue: Ashford Place, 60 Ashford Road, London, NW2 6TU

This workshop programme is for people experiencing early-stage dementia, mild cognitive impairment, memory challenges and their companions.

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Turn creative words of expression into a smile

We have teamed up with Ashford Place to bring you a brand new creative words of expression workshop. Expect poetry, lyric writing and musical influences. The work made over the 6 sessions will create a collaborative body of work called a Box of Smiles.

This programme has been inspired by Ronald Amanze, an A4D Trustee who lives with early-stage dementia. Having been a music producer for many years, Ronald has seen the benefits of engaging with music and songwriting that he says ‘brings a therapeutic calm and a smile to my face.’

Published poet, Pamela Thompson will facilitate the workshops and introduce the group to a number of different writing techniques. This will be an opportunity for participants to engage in a variety of writing forms.

Get together with your local community for a programme full of creativity and communal making. No previous experience is necessary!

Refreshments will be provided after the session to give you the opportunity to socialise with fellow participants.

The work created on this course will be part of our ‘Box of Smile’ initiative, demonstrating that engaging in the arts can empower our minds.

Participant Artworks, Box of Smiles

Please note:

  • To participate, you will need to register by phone in advance.
  • Numbers are restricted so, if you may be interested in joining us, please email or call 020 3633 9954 as soon as possible.
  • We regret that we can only accommodate those who expect to be able to attend all 6 sessions from May 3 – June 21.
  • Materials will be provided.