The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020 – Your pledge now will enable twice as much for A4D in December

This is an invitation to support Arts 4 Dementia, a charity helping people facing the shock of dementia through high quality arts opportunities – and have your donation doubled*.  Any amount no matter how modest will help to change people’s lives – and for one week only will make double the difference.

After a good year to March 2020, A4D came into the pandemic financially strong.  We have some outstanding funders including five City Livery Companies and we have recently recruited an an excellent Development Manager to help win further funding. However, many of our fundraising events and challenge events have been postponed or cancelled, (we were recently honoured to have been appointed beneficiary charity of the Autumn Affordable Art Fair Battersea, though this beneficiary status is now postponed to 2021), other income sources have gone and we need your help to see us through this funding gap.

We are well positioned, we are doing vital work and are asking for your help in the most effective way possible, through an opportunity to have your donation doubled.

For a week in December, A4D will be participating in The Big Give Christmas Challenge in which we have an opportunity to have up to £30,000 of funds raised in one week matched by The Big Give’s philanthropic partners.

However, to set this ambitious target, we are looking for pledges for most of this by the end of June,2020

The photos below are all from recent workshops pre lockdown.  Our work also featured in a CNN programme “Vital Signs with Dr Sanjay Gupta” last November broadcast worldwide (from 00:45).  Since lockdown, the needs of people affected by dementia have been particularly great and A4D has been providing arts workshops by Zoom and “Chatty Wednesdays” structured, arts focused video sessions enabling participants to enjoy a sense of beceing together while socially isolated.

 

Why.

A4D offers challenging arts programmes with outstanding arts organisations for people in the early stages of dementia.  At a time when they may feel that life is closing down, A4D provides opportunities for those with dementia and their partners or carers to learn new skills or revive old ones, to be creative and to have fun.

This website provides a unique national mapped listing of arts workshops for people living with dementia, enabling them to find local opportunities; and A4D trains arts facilitators from around the country in early-stage dementia awareness. The 800-plus trained to date  deliver arts events to around 15,000 people with dementia and carers in normal times.

A4D focuses on what people can achieve, often very much more than they imagine, and maximises their capabilities.

And A4D is now running a national social prescribing for dementia initiative to encourage clinicians to guide dementia patients towards arts opportunities from diagnosis, for which the A4D website listings represent a vital resource.

You can see the impact of A4D’s work on people with dementia, carers and volunteers in this short video.

If you would like to support A4D and have your donation doubled*, please complete the pledge form below.

*Your pledge will enable Arts 4 Dementia to supmit its campaign application to The Big Give Christmas Challenge, which may or may not be accepted. Our application has been accepted in each of the last two years and in each year the charity’s target sum has been exceeded during the Christmas Challenge week.

** While payment by card is necessary for this campaign, Arts 4 Dementia welcomes support from Trusts and other supporters in which card payment may not be possible.  To discuss this, please contact the CEO, Nigel Franklin.