Art group to help over 55s with dementia

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A new project has been launched to offer art classes for people aged over 55 living with dementia.

The classes, under the Live at Home scheme, take place every Wednesday morning on a fortnightly basis at North Shields Methodist Church, in Hawkeys Lane.

The next class takes place from 10.30am to 12.30pm on May 11.

A team of volunteers are being supported by local artists and enthusiasts while others will sit alongside the carers or provide refreshments.

The aim is to create a warm, caring environment in which people with dementia can use the medium of art to express themselves.

Val Farrar, who is facilitating the art classes, said: “We saw the art work of similar groups in Scotland.

“Research shows that art can be a powerful means of communication for people living with dementia and can simply enable them to give expression. It is hoped that when people see the work produced, it will help to take away misunderstandings of dementia and any stigma attached to it.”

For more on the Live at Home Scheme call (0191) 272 8368 or email northshields.liveathome@mha.org.uk