Matinee, Arts Derbyshire

Matinée provides dementia friendly cinema screenings across Derbyshire for people living with dementia and memory challenges, alongside their family and friends. We aim to create a sociable and friendly atmosphere, helping to combat social isolation. Matinée film screenings include a great or classic film, often a musical, refreshments, and interval events such as singing or fun film-related activities. We ensure our screenings are dementia friendly in a range of ways, including: creating a welcoming and relaxed environment; keeping lights on low during the film; providing clear signage; having a quiet space available for use at all times; and making sure all our staff and volunteers have suitable training. All our venues are wheelchair accessible, with appropriate facilities. Matinée is managed by Arts Derbyshire Arts and Health and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Derbyshire County Council Public Health. Arts Derbyshire is supported by the Derbyshire County Council Arts Team.

Updated:
20 September 2017
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Arts, Community organisations, Health, Local Authorities, Local DAA Members, Social Care, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Derbyshire 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?

Matinée aims to provide a safe, accessible community activity for people with dementia and their family, friend or carer to enjoy a classic film, chat and refreshments in a positive, friendly and welcoming environment. Our screenings help to reduce social isolation and increase personal wellbeing.

 

The research/ learning strand, ‘Matinée: The Big Picture’, is led by ScHaRR (School for Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield) and will feed in to national strategies for dementia-friendly cinema led by the British Film Institute Film Audience Network. We aim to:

- add to the evidence base for the use of film screenings in dementia, looking at how they may reduce social isolation for this group, helping people to live well with dementia.

- develop understanding of good practice in dementia-friendly film screenings, in community settings as well as cinemas, tackling barriers and giving a high-quality experience.

Matinée also offers an advisory service to support other organisations. So far we have worked with 9 organisations, at least 3 of which are now running dementia-friendly screenings.

Matinée works with Dementia Action Alliances, Arts Derbyshire members and other relevant groups to highlight how the arts can play a role in creating dementia friendly communities.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

-          Ensuring all staff from the top down in all our partner organisations are dementia aware

-          Reaching those suffering from social isolation and encouraging them to attend

-          Ensuring people can get to the screenings, including offering free community transport

-          Capacity with only two part-time staff members

-          Finding appropriate community venues which meet cinematic, dementia-friendly and disabled-accessible requirements

2. Actions

  • Provide community-based accessible activity for people with dementia alongside their family, friend or carer

    Matinée aims to provide a safe and accessible community activity for people with dementia and their family, friend or carer to come and enjoy a classic film, chat and refreshments in a positive, friendly and welcoming environment. We will work in 9 venues across Derbyshire and provide 120 dementia-friendly film screenings over the 4 years of the project. 

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Add to the evidence base for film screenings in dementia

     Matinée aims to add to the evidence base for the use of film screenings in dementia, looking at how such events can be effective in reducing social isolation for people with a dementia alongside their family/friend/ carer, and how they can help people to live well with dementia. Matinée works with the School for Health and Related Research (ScHaRR) at the University of Sheffield on the research strand, ‘Matinée, the Big Picture’

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New Action

  • Develop understanding of good practice in dementia-friendly film screenings

     

    Matinée aims to develop understanding of good practice in dementia friendly film screenings in community settings as well as in cinemas, tackling barriers and giving a high-quality experience. Matinée will work with the British Film Institute Film Audience Network to develop a national strategy for dementia-friendly cinema. We also offer an advisory service supporting other groups and organisations to run dementia-friendly screenings and will hold two conferences providing further opportunities for sharing learning.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Work with local and national groups to support the use of the arts in creating Dementia Friendly Communities

    Matinée aims to work with Dementia Action Alliances, Arts Derbyshire members and other relevant groups to highlight how the arts can play a role in creating dementia friendly communities. Learning will be disseminated via local and national channels and Arts Derbyshire Arts and Health will support new initiatives for arts work in dementia wherever possible.

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member