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FolkActive CIC

FolkActive is a social enterprise which uses traditional folk music and dance to bring people together, creating community, reducing social isolation, developing skills and improving physical and mental wellbeing.

21 November 2017
South East
Health, Arts, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Dementia Friendly Southampton (Southampton DAA)

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?

We know that music and dance are powerful tonics for people living with dementia and feel that folk dancing to live music with a “caller” prompting the moves will offer safe, happy and sociable opportunities for people living with dementia and their carers.  Belonging to the DAA will keep us connected with agencies and organisations with whom we can collaborate and from whom we can learn about national research and local situations.

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

Financial viability would be the biggest difficulty: linking in with other agencies and exploring funding sources to establish a group would be key. We might need to advertise for volunteers in order to keep activities flowing in a session as well as to provide assistance with refreshments. We could appeal to active members of folk organisations.

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2. Actions

  • Develop a set of Dementia Friendly Folk Dances based on the music song and dance activities we already use in day centres and residential homes with people living with dementia.

    Assess our current material for suitability and develop a set of dances using well-known folk songs and melodies which will make the dances easier to recall.

  • Trial an overtly Dementia-friendly Folk Dance with live music in Southampton in addition to our monthly “Active Ageing” FolkActive Dance.

    Explore sources of funding and approach partner organisations with whom we might collaborate.

  • Continue to develop our skills set in order to be better equipped to make an offer to people living with dementia

    Access relevant training courses run by the national and local bodies including arts organisations working with older people. Continue to attend CPD offered by the EXTEND organisation.