Work with people living with dementia
West Yorkshire Playhouse is proud to be a dementia-friendly theatre. We offer regular opportunities for people living with dementia (older people and people with young-onset dementia) and their partners or carers to attend creative sessions and theatre performances. The majority of our staff are Dementia Friends and some have attended further training to specifically support customers with dementia. Dementia can be an incredibly isolating condition, but we know that there is hope and joy to be found through exploring our creativity in a supportive and understanding environment.
Our Time sessions include drama, art, poetry, song, movement and dance – some sessions are just for people with a diagnosis of dementia, whereas other sessions also welcome partners or family members. Our Time focuses on using our imaginations and opinions in the here and now, rather than remembering facts, so it’s impossible to be wrong!
Peer Support Cultural Partnership
In 2010 we introduced creative programmes for people living with dementia and their partners alongside other cultural partners in Leeds. We offer 12-week programmes in partnership with Leeds Museums and Galleries, Leeds Libraries and Leeds City Council’s Peer Support Service for people living with dementia. Programmes are themed around theatre shows or museum exhibitions and we bring these to life through creative sessions, backstage tours and group visits.
Our time is funded with support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation