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Courtyard hosts third Remember Me event for Dementia Awareness Week

  • Date: 9 May 2014
  • Area: Midlands
Courtyard Remember Me

The Courtyard Arts Centre in Hereford has joined forces with The Alzheimer’s Society to host a community arts event as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

Now in its third year, Remember Me is a fun filled day for those living with dementia, their carers, family and friends, to come together and enjoy a day out at The Courtyard.

The event, which is taking place on Thursday 22 May 2014, will include a live drawing event, pop-up poetry readings, singing and dance taster workshops.

There will also be a special performance by The Courtyard’s own Senior Youth Theatre

Katrin Cross, Arts & Older People’s Project Officer, The Courtyard, said: “We are really looking forward to Remember Me this year. It is a wonderful opportunity for people to experience how the arts and health can come together. We have a fantastic range of activities going on throughout the day and will be showcasing some of the work we have been doing within the community over the past year.

“We want the day to be a platform for people to share their experiences and get information and support as well as having a fun day out. This is a very exciting time for us, thanks to funding from the Art Council England we have expanded the arts and older people programme to run nationally across the UK.  We are looking forward to a busy year ahead.”

Remember Me is a way for people living with dementia to get involved with all different aspects of The Courtyard’s offer as a community arts venue and meet with other people who are experiencing similar situations.

It also gives carers the opportunity to share experiences and ideas with professionals and volunteers.

Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “As the first dementia friendly arts venue in the country, The Courtyard has developed a programme of events and activities which engage and inspire people living with dementia, giving them the opportunity to take part in and enjoy great cultural experiences. It’s inspiring to see arts organisations working with charities to raise awareness about an issue which so often isolates people. I hope everyone who makes it along to this year’s Remember Me event has a great time.”