Art sessions to help dementia patients thrive

Fleetwood Market
Fleetwood Market
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Kind-hearted volunteers are needed to help people with dementia reconnect with precious memories.

Wyre Council has appealed for volunteers to get involved with its new ‘Just Reminiscing’ project, which aims to use creative skills to stimulate conversation and encourage people with dementia to share their memories.

Volunteers will form a small group leading drop-in sessions at Fleetwood Market (inset), Adelaide Street, Fleetwood, with other sessions being arranged at community venues such as sheltered accommodation, care homes and lunch clubs across Wyre.

The project will be supported by social care professionals and artists, and will encourage dementia sufferers to write, draw, paint, and play music.

The Alzheimers Society claims art therapy can help enrich the lives of those living with dementia.

Volunteers must have ‘a person centred approach that is sensitive and empathic’, ‘encourage creativity’, ‘be non-judgemental and have the will and commitment to learn from others.’

‘Just Reminiscing’ will run for 12 weeks starting in May.

If you are interested or want to find out more, call (01253) 887450 or email chris.wyatt@wyre.gov.uk.