Find Breathing Space at an art and dementia celebration


Kirklees-based organisation Hoot, in partnership with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Kirklees Council and The Rayne Foundation is holding an art and dementia celebration event in Huddersfield to which everyone is invited to attend.

The celebration event showcases the creative achievements of people with dementia, and demonstrates how working together in the arts can challenge perceptions and reduce isolation.

The ground-breaking project Breathing Space offers people with dementia and their family, partner, carer or support worker a range of creative activities to improve cognitive function and strengthen relationships. It’s proven that taking part in creative activities has positive benefits to mental and physical health and wellbeing. Breathing Space has been running successfully for 18 months in Huddersfield and is about to launch in the Dewsbury area in the autumn.

The free event will take place on Monday 19th August from 2pm- 5.30pm at Huddersfield Methodist Mission, 3-13 Lord Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1QA

As part of the events, people will be able to take part in music, movement or visual arts session and find out more about the Breathing Space project and how to join. It will also be an opportunity to meet people and organisations that also support people living with dementia and their carers.

Breathing Space is provided by Hoot, which is a creative partner of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and as a result is part of a growing infrastructure of community organisations who are working with the Trust to provide creative projects to local people. As part of Creative Minds the Trust aims to support voluntary and community organisations, like Hoot, to deliver a variety of creative projects to help improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

Since Breathing Space began local people diagnosed with dementia have been attending weekly group activities where they can meet people, make friends and have fun.

Moira Wade, who coordinates the project at Hoot said, “Breathing Space sessions are an opportunity for older people living with dementia and their partner or carer to spend quality, creative time together. The programme is going from strength to strength and we’d like to invite anybody with an interest in this area or those simply wanting to find out more to come along and see just how beneficial creative activities can be to someone living with dementia.

The use of creative activities in healthcare has been shown to increase self-esteem, provide a sense of purpose, develop social skills, help community integration and improve service users’ quality of life. These sessions will focus on using creativity to engage people and stimulate memories and imagination. Come to one, come to some or come to all!”

For more information and to book contact Moira at Hoot on 01484 516224.

More information about Creative Minds.

Find Breathing Space at an art and dementia celebration

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