Dementia and Imagination Training from Equal Arts

Friday 29 April 2022, 1:30-3pm
The Pod, National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL 

Despite many proven benefits, the arts are not a habitual part of the training and professional development for health and social care professionals. Sunderland Culture are teaming up with Equal Arts to offer artists, link workers, care-coordinators, GP’s and VCS staff who live, work or study in Sunderland a chance to take part in their Dementia and Imagination training.

The training is aimed at artists and creative practitioners from across art forms who would like to gain insight into working with people living with dementia. We have 10 free places available for creative practitioners.

Offering an interactive and active learning approach, the training provides participants with an understanding of the imagination model in engaging with people living with dementia, and the confidence to create inclusive, dementia-friendly creative opportunities that are ‘inspired by imagination’.

Equal Arts’ training supports participants to:

  • Gain an understanding of the effects of dementia
  • Recognise the value of an imagination approach to communication and delivery
  • Support a user-led approach to developing and delivering inclusive, dementia-friendly creative opportunities
  • Understand the importance of multi-sensory exploration and how to address all five senses in workshops
  • Explore the art of improvised story-telling to aid communication and stimulate imagination
  • Trial new creative techniques to build confidence and time for reflection

Further to taking part this training, artists or creative practitioners will be invited to apply for a paid opportunity to shadow and support Sunderland Culture’s Creative Age sessions. You will also receive mentorship in developing your own sessions for people living with dementia from an experienced artist.

To register:

Register your interest for the workshop, by clicking here.

You will received an email confirming your place. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any questions about the event or would like to discuss access needs, please email [email protected].

Due to our funding conditions, this workshop is only available to individual creative practitioners who live, work or study in Sunderland or creative/ heritage organisations and creative businesses who are based in Sunderland.

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