Networking Forum for Arts Facilitators for Dementia, Barbican Centre

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25th October 2019 10.00 - 17.00 London Click Here

The fee is £75 per attendee.

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An event hosted by Arts 4 Dementia (A4D) and Dementia Pathfinders (DP) to support arts practitioners and workshop leaders, particularly those who have some experience in working with early stage dementia. The event aims to advance your practice, bringing together examples of best practice and insights from people with lived experience of dementia. As well as the opportunity to participate in workshops led by experts in their fields, you will have an opportunity to network, share your experience and learn from other delegates.

After our first Networking Forum last year, included in the enthusiastic feedback, participants asked for more workshops. This year, we are offering six workshops, of which you will be able to attend three, all led by outstanding facilitators in their field; and you will meet Keynote Speaker Keith Oliver, an international authority and author of three books on the lived experience of dementia.

The event will be chaired by DP trainer Aubrey Maasdorp.

We are delighted to be guests of the Barbican Centre and are grateful to them for making the space available for this event, so enabling us to offer it at price well below a commercial rate.

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
Chair - Aubrey Maasdorp, Dementia Pathfinders Trainer

Followed by speakers:
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.

Keith Oliver, our Keynote Speaker,was diagnosed with young onset dementia in 2010 at the age of 55, and has since become a leading advocate and activist for dementia. Author of Dear Alzheimer’s: A Diary of Living with Dementia and Walk the Walk Talk the Talk, Keith is a national and international speaker. The video Keith Oliver's Story, which we use in our training, challenges many preconceptions about dementia.
Lived experience of care givers in conversation. Aubrey will discuss the challenges of living with a partner with dementia and experiences of engaging in arts workshop programmes with:

Jacquie Nunn, a teacher, who became Head of the School of Education at Roehampton University and subsequently had a national role as Director for Quality in Initial Teacher Training at the Teacher Training Agency. Her husband Tony was a barrister and had a busy practice until he was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s in 2010 at the age of sixty. Soon afterwards Jacquie resigned to become a full time carer. Tony is now in the later stage of his dementia but since the diagnosis both have derived tremendous support and encouragement through their engagement with creative projects, including art, music and dance.

Peter Millett, a retired British diplomat who served as British Ambassador in a number of countries. His wife June, a lover of the arts, travelled widely with him and actively engaged in diplomatic life overseas. Recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's, June attended with Peter A4D Poetry at the National Poetry Library. They regularly attend other arts programmes which are open to all. Peter is a trustee of Arts 4 Dementia.
The discussion will be followed by Q&A with Aubrey, Keith, Jacquie and Peter.

Best practice creative arts workshops

There will be six workshops, spread between three sessions, enabling participants to attend three preferred options. You will be asked for your preferences when you register for the event.
We will schedule the workshops to enable as many people as possible to attend their preferred choices. Where this isn't possible, advantage will be given to early bookers.

Workshops will include:

Visual arts led by Grace Holliday. Grace is an Illustrator, Mark-Maker and Creative Educator. Her creative outreach work has evolved to include collaborations with many different creative institutions and organisations. From October 10, she is leading A4D Sensory Storytelling through Illustration workshop programme at the House of Illustration.

Dance, led by Laura Harvey, Head of Creative Programmes at English National Ballet. Laura has led A4D workshops run with Rambert Dance and ENB and has since run programmes at both organisations for early-stage dementia and more recently Parkinsons. Laura is leading this workshop with the kind permission of ENB.

Scriptwriting led by award-winning playwright Simon Longman. Included in Simon's distinguished career was his leading an A4D Scriptwriting programme with the Royal Court Theatre, early this year - which we loved so much, we asked him to do this.

Music with Olivia McLennan. With eight years experience as a community musician, delivering many varied creative projects, Olivia is a director or Music for Wellbeing CIC combining project delivery, management, training and mentoring in community music and circle dance for health.

Drama with Marie Fortune. Marie is an award winning actress and puppeteer with over 10 years experience delivering and facilitating workshops. In 2013 she began working with playwright Brian Daniels on 'Don't Leave Me Now' a play which highlights lived experiences of Young Onset Dementia. She has performed in over 100 readings of the play nationwide, participating in many Q&A panels and creating conversations through drama. Working with Dementia Pathfinders she has been running drama workshops for YoYo a Young Onset Dementia support group in North London. She is currently developing 'this is me' a new piece of puppetry based theatre exploring Young Onset Dementia with her company Foan and Fortune.

Ingredients of Quality Time with Charlotte Overton-Hart. In this informal workshop we will explore the INGREDIENTS that make for spending quality time with people living with dementia, carers, and everyone. Whether you are a fledgling or experienced arts practitioner, activity co-ordinator, or family carer, this workshop will inspire, encourage, and equip you to use the creative arts and everyday creativity in your own context.

11:45 - 13:00 Workshops 1 & 2

13:00 - 13:45 LUNCH BREAK

13:45 - 15:00 Workshops 3 & 4


15:15 - 16:30 Workshops 5 & 6

16.30 - 17:00 Closing session - Panel to discuss topics of interest, that may include Funding and Recruitment, including Social Prescribing. This will be an opportunity to raise burning questions that have come up during the day.

17:00 CLOSE


To request further information please email or contact 0845 257 2250.