Older people with dementia get crafty thanks to museum
By Martin Paul - Senior Reporter
OLDER people living with dementia and other long-term conditions are getting creative thanks to a scheme being run by The Bowes Museum.
The museum’s Creative Age North project, funded by Equal Arts, sees people from Manor House, Charles Dickens Lodge, Kings Court and Beaconsfield care homes, as well as Phoenix Day Care, enjoying monthly art sessions.
Phoenix Day Care enjoyed their second session last week Tuesday where visual artist Claire Legg, who is s trained to work with people with complex needs, helped them craft their own teapots from clay.
Ben Tinkler, from Wellbeing For Life, also helps to provide stimulating activities for people to enjoy during the sessions. Julia Dunn, of The Bowes Museum, said: “The aim is to provide participants with creative confidence and sense of wellbeing while providing an opportunity to develop skills and experience of artists working with people with dementia.”
The project, which started in October, is expected to continue until April.
Sessions take place every Tuesday afternoon.