The Courtyard makes a difference for those with dementia
27 August 2019
We were delighted to go along to The Courtyard recently to find out more about what they offer…
Dementia Friends sessions
The sessions are open to anyone and you can either book via the box office or just turn up on the day! You can find further information and forthcoming dates on the Dementia Friends website.
Dementia friendly screenings and activities
The next screenings are Driving Miss Daisy on Tuesday 3 September and Carousel Herefordshire Life Through a Lens on Tuesday 5 November.
The annual pantomime also offers a dementia friendly version. There’s more accessible and flexible seating, easier and more visible signage, a quiet room outside the auditorium, if you need some time away from the crowd and they’ll even adapt the script, if necessary. It’s Cinderella and her ugly sisters this year and you can watch the dementia friendly performance on Wednesday 8 January.
They also have The Courtyard’s Spectacular Tea Dance three times a year, with lots of music, cake and dancing! The dances are run by an experienced practitioner from Everybody Dance and they’re very relaxed and friendly with no set times, you just come along and join in when you want to. The next tea dances are on Wednesday 2 October and Tuesday 28 January.
The Courtyard also hold weekly Playing Together sessions for older people and young children. The lively and creative sessions support participants to communicate through play activities, including music, movement, sand, puppets and visual arts, and they’re a great way to relax, have fun and make new friends. The sessions are held every Tuesday during term time and the next ones start on 3 September and run until 17 December.
Please note: Carers can normally attend dementia friendly screenings and activities for free and The Courtyard also does a lot of work around other conditions too, such as autism and learning disabilities, please contact them directly for more information.
To find out more about The Courtyard and the services, activities and events they offer for those living with dementia, please visit www.courtyard.org.uk/dementia-friendly.