We are very pleased to announce hosting a one day conference on the 17 of September to showcase work being done at a local level to support people to live well with dementia and to formally launch Warwickshire as a dementia friendly community. The aims of the conference are to raise awareness and understanding of the conditions and to showcase the various types of support available to empower people living with dementia in Warwickshire.

The event will be aimed at professionals, customers, carers, providers and the voluntary and independent sector the conference will provide an opportunity to hear about Warwickshire progress with the delivery of our local dementia strategy and to find out how the community can help support people with dementia to remain independent at home.

We also have a range of speakers planned for the event and have secured Professor Dawn Brooker from University of Worcester, who is a leading academic in the field of dementia care, to talk about the VIPS training around person centred care. We will also have people with dementia themselves at the event sharing their experiences about life before and after diagnosis.

Experience sessions during the day will include a taster of Exercise on Referral scheme for people with dementia, singing for the brain or a walk round the Dementia House. There will also be a range of stands around the venue containing information about the types of support people with dementia and their carer can access, e.g.  reminiscence therapy, and Books on Prescription.

Throughout the day, we will have interactive twitter communication asking people with dementia and their family members how services could be improved to ensure a better quality of life.

The event will conclude with all attendees’ pledging how they will contribute to improving lives of people with dementia in local communities.

The venue for this conference will be The Holiday Inn HotelBridgefoot, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6RY.

Expressions of interest – Arts in Dementia

We are seeking expressions of interest from artists/organisations to showcase innovate projects and to deliver workshops as part of our Living Well with Dementia conference.

We recognise the value of arts and creativity to support people with dementia, and carers, to live well with dementia. We therefore want to reflect this within the conference and have opportunity for innovative projects to showcase their work to Commissioners in Warwickshire, via a market stall display and via the delivery of workshops on the day. There are no restriction on artform and can be participatory or as audience.

There is a limited budget which will be negotiated on an individual basis.

To apply, please express your interest by:

Submitting a short Artists Statement (no longer than two A4 typed sides) to ewaniepsuj@warwickshire.gov.uk  that describes your work, how it supports people with dementia to live well and what you can bring to the conference. A contact sheet with the main contacts details for your organisation and up to 6 images of work/projects can also be supplied.

Find out more on the Arts Council England website.

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