Thanks to funding from Bupa UK Foundation, we are currently developing a programme of workshops for family members who are caring at home for people with dementia. Carers can be under a huge amount of emotional strain and as a result their own health and general wellbeing can suffer; they may feel isolated and struggle to cope with the changed relationship with their loved one or be able find a means of accompanying them on their journey through dementia.
Our workshops aim to help them build resilience, strengthen their coping skills and combat the isolation they feel. Using the arts as a tool, we will help them find new ways of communicating with their loved ones, such as non-verbal communication, help them to accept their changed behaviour and accept the person with dementia in that moment, rather than forcing them back to the here-and-now.
We understand that some people may think an arts workshop will be ‘arty-farty’ and may fear being embarrassed or exposed. However, everyone, to differing extents, has an innate sense of humour and playfulness; for some it is buried deeper than for others. Our aim is to uncover that in the gentlest of ways and help carers understand the powerful potential of using the arts as a communication tool.
The workshops will be scheduled from Summer 2017 and will take place in 6 locations around Scotland.
If you are interested in attending one of our workshops, please call us on 0131 229 4037 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org