Bright Shadow’s mission is to provide creative solutions to the challenge of enabling all people with dementia and those affected by it to live well and to thrive. We do this by delivering participatory performance and dementia workshops to engage people living with dementia in meaningful interaction with one another and the people that care for them, celebrating each individual and the present moment whilst nurturing community. We also deliver projects within the community to raise awareness of dementia, to advocate for those whom it affects and to enable people with dementia to actively enjoy their homes, communities and towns.
- 18 January 2016
- South East
- Arts, Health
- Local Alliances:
- Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Medway Dementia Action Alliance, West Kent Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
Bright Shadow’s mission is to provide creative and solutions to the challenge of enabling all people with dementia and those affected by it to live well and to thrive. We do this by delivering participatory performance and dementia workshops to engage people living with dementia in meaningful interaction with one another and the people that care for them, celebrating each individual and the present moment whilst nurturing community. We also deliver projects within the community to raise awareness of dementia, to advocate for those whom it affects and to enable people with dementia to actively enjoy their homes, communities and towns We therefore feel that we particularly contribute to outcome 2, by designing and delivering our services in a person-centered way to enable each individual to participate; outcome 5, by delivering services that enable people to express themselves and communicate with those around them-enabling them to make their wishes and feelings known and validated; outcome 6, by delivering services that promote social interaction and raise public awareness about dementia so that people with dementia living in the community can be included and take an active role; and finally outcome 7 as we are committed to undertaking research and evaluation to make our work better for people with dementia and advocate for best practice.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
- Educating people on the value of creativity and performance activities for people with dementia
- Budgets being prioritized for other things
- Adversity in some of the sector
Research efficacy of performance activities with people with Dementia
We will work with an external evaluator to evaluate the practice of using performance and other arts activities with people with dementia and their carers. We will use developed wellbeing scales and qualitative data collection methods to find out what the impact of these activities are on the participant's wellbeing over a six month period
We will then disseminate our findings via journals, conferences and our own media channels.
We will use the findings to inform the design and implementation of future services and to advocate for them with funders, comissioners and the care sector.
Tour a versatile, creative installation to raise public awareness of the experience of having dementia.
'Experiencing Dementia' is a project piloted in Kent and now operational in Surrey that seeks to use creativity to communicate what it might be like to experience having dementia to members of the public. Both projects are part of the respective County Council's Dementia Friendly Communities projects.
The aim is that this would increase levels of understanding, empathy and ultimately positive action towards people with dementia living in the community.
We are currently working with people with dementia to create the installation and it will be open in September in a Surrey shopping centre.
We would then like to see it tour to other public places to increase impact.
2015 - Fourth Quarter Update
In one year of touring this installation we had over 500 interactions with members of the public and others to raise awareness of dementia and the challenges that face people living with a diagnosis and those who love and care for them.
Continue developing and delivering creative services for people with dementia
We deliver performance and dementia workshops for people with dementia that aim to increase social interaction, self expression, participantion in meaningful activity and mood.
We also train staff in how to deliver these tyeps of activities.
We will continue to develop packages and services that are accessible to the care sector to ensure that all people with dementia have access to excellent care that enables them to thrive.
- Being implemented
2016 - First Quarter Update
In 2015 we trained over 380 activities co-ordinators and care staff to implement more creative models of care and activities provision
We are now beginning to implement our Zest workshops in the community, beginning in Thanet, Kent as a 6 month pilot hoping to reach 40 people living with dementia and carers in the area through multi-disiplinary arts workshops and trips to local cultural venues.