Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts & Heritage Organisations

Interactive Online Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training
for Arts Facilitators.  While many of us are now back to in-person delivery, we include insights into delivering effective virtual activities.

Via Zoom

Tuesday 25 January 2022, 10:00 – 17:00

Arts 4 Dementia warmly invites arts organisations learning managers, facilitators, artists, and healthcare professionals to book a place on our upcoming Online Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training, held over Zoom. 

This full-day session will be delivered by experienced trainer Aubrey Maasdorp, with arts workshop guidance from Emily Taylor and Nigel Franklin of A4D. 

Course Duration
Full-day training from 10:00 – 17:00

Course Title
Arts 4 Dementia: Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts and Heritage Organisations

Suitable for
Arts facilitators, workshop leaders, animators, 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.

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

To book, either head straight to Eventbrite, or contact:
Emily Taylor (A4D Charity Administrator)
020 3633 9954


10:00 – 10:15 
Welcome – A4D on “Identity”

10:15 – 11:30 

Trainer Aubrey Maasdorp discusses ageing, memory loss, dementia types

11:30 – 11:45


11:45 – 12:45 

Show Keith Oliver video – the challenges of young onset Alzheimer’s, Person Centred Care

12:45 – 13:45

13:45 – 15:00 
Components of Communication, skills, challenges, analysis, followed by understanding behaviours and the changing needs of participants

15:00 – 15:15
Tea break

15:15 – 16:00
A4D workshops with Emily Taylor, challenging approach to lift fog of dementia and release creative impulse, how to deliver effective virtual programmes.

16:00 – 16:30
Sharing your own practice

16:30 – 17:00 
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.

17:00 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, including through remote access techniques

Please fill in our evaluation form and equality and diversity monitoring form if you have taken our online training.

Testimonials from Previous Trainings

It was an excellent day: very thought-provoking with lots of ideas to take forward.

I gained a different outlook on attitude towards engaging with those with dementia.

I feel very motivated and re-energised about my work.

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.

A4D Training Information

The popular full day A4D Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for Arts Facilitators, held in conjunction with experienced trainer Aubrey Maasdorp, 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 over 600 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 over 12,000 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.

A4D London Arts Programme

This training programme forms a part of the A4D London Arts Programme, supported by City Bridge Trust (The City of London Corporation’s charity), The Mercers Company and others.  See Our Supporters at the foot of this page.

Other Training Opportunities:

Many excellent universities offer postgraduate courses in dementia studies.

Futurelearn: UCL are running some free online courses through Futurelearn: Dementia and the Arts & The Many Faces of Dementia

Canterbury Christ Church University provides focus on arts and health.

Sydney de Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University, incorporating the Dementia Services Development Centre South East, offers a BSc in Dementia and researches the value of music and other participatory arts activities.

Training for people with dementia and their carers:

Alzheimer’s Society offers training for organisations and carers, and information sheets for individuals.

Dementia Pathfinders holds training events that include artistic stimulation, for carers of people with dementia.

Irish in Britain host regular webinars aimed at carers as part of their Cuimhne Carers Project. The webinars are free to attend.

Training for artists working with dementia:

National Institute for Creative Ageing (Providing Support for People Living with Dementia) http://www.cultureandwellbeing.org.uk/cadn) offers educational training for artists for dementia.

The European Reminiscence Network gives training in the use of Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care. They offer anything from a 2-day course to a 4-month apprenticeship scheme (www.europeanreminiscencenetwork.org)

Postgraduate Arts Psychotherapy Courses:

Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London: MA and PgDip in Drama and Movement Therapy MA ad PgDip.

Goldsmiths, University of London: Art Therapy MA, MRes; Dance Movement Psychotherapy PhD, MPhil.

Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Music Therapy MA.

Institute for Art in Therapy Education, London: Integrative Arts Psychotherapy MA.

Nordoff-Robbins, London: Music Therapy PhD, MPhil, MMT.

Roehampton University: Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA, Dramatherapy MA and PgDip; Music Therapy MA, PgDip,

Anglia Ruskin University: Dramatherapy MP; Music Therapy MA.

Birmingham City University: Art Therapy ‘Art Health and Wellbeing’ MA.

Bristol, University of the West: Dramatherapy MA; Music Therapy MA

Dance Voice, UK: Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA (CCCU).

University of Derby: Art Therapy MA; Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA, Dramatherapy MA.

University of Hertfordshire: Art Therapy MA.

University of Wales, Newport: Art Psychotherapy MA; Music Therapy MA

University of Worcester: Dance Therapy PgDip, PgCert; Dramatherapy MA.

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh: Dance Movement Psychotherapy MSc, Music Therapy MSc.

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