In the Picture: Sheila Goggin and artist facilitator Sarah Ruttle at West Cork Arts Centre

In the Picture, the Dementia Friendly Gallery Programme at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, will start up again this spring. West Cork Arts Centre invites people living with dementia, and their professional and family carers, to visit our gallery, to look and experiment with others in a safe and welcoming environment. The dates for spring / early summer are Tuesdays at 11am on 21 February, 4 April and 6 June 2017.

In the Picture represents a different way for rural Ireland to include people with dementia, their family members and carers within a local arts facility and is facilitated by artists and gallery educators trained in dementia care and communication skills.

The facilitators create a warm atmosphere that encourages meaningful interactions where every person gets to enjoy the engagement at their own pace and in their own way. Participants can expect a seated tour of the gallery where time is given to look and experience the artwork and the many wonderful views from the building. Sessions might also include sharing of stories, making of artwork in the workspace and a shared cup of tea and biscuit.

If you are thinking of coming along, you can talk through ant ideas, thoughts or concerns with the facilitators before your visit.

The service is €10 for two people and includes suitable refreshments. The service is free to Arts for Health participants, their families and carers.

Call 028-22090 to discuss and book your visit.

The Arts for Health partnership programme is based in West Cork and provides a managed and integrated arts programme for older people in healthcare settings. Managed by West Cork Arts Centre, Arts for Health runs all year round and is delivered by a team of professional artists from different disciplines. It takes place in five Community Hospitals, Bantry General Hospital Care of the Elderly Unit and five Day Care settings. The partners comprise West Cork Arts Centre, Cork County Council, Cork Education & Training Board and the HSE. The HSE is represented through the Cork Arts + Health Programme, the Communications Department, Health Promotion Department, the Nursing Directors of Community Hospitals and the Day Care Centres, West Cork.

The Arts for Health partnership gratefully acknowledges the local support towards the programme with special thanks to West Cork Older Peoples Network and Friends of the Day Care Centres.


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