Fall into Place Theatre
Fall into Place Theatre are a not for profit company working predominantly in Leeds and Bradford. We use drama and creative techniques to increase people's confidence, communication and wellbeing. We provide workshops for Yorkshire schools and local businesses and organisations. All our profits go back into our community projects seeking to tackle social isolation, improve mental health and break down barriers between old and young.
- 21 January 2019
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Arts, Children Young People and Students, Communication, Community organisations, Education Sector, Schools
- Local Alliances:
- Bradford District 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?
Through our intergenerational drama projects we meet many older people, some of whom may have dementia, be a carer, or face these challenges in the future. We can work to deliver better outcomes for these attendees by the following:
making our drama projects accessible to people in early stages of dementia through use of scripts, reducing pressure to remember linesmaking our drama projects accessible to people in later stages of dementia through choirs and engaging care homes in storytelling and memory objectsensuring venues are dementia friendly and accessible (no shiny floors, no black mats)informing our staff and volunteers through delivering dementia friends sessionsoffering the schools we work in a dementia friends session for their older year groups once a yearpromoting the dementia friendly campaign on our website and twitter pagesensuring our venues have accessible toilets that are suitable for carers and people with dementia to usesupporting or attending dementia friendly events
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
A key challenge is ensuring that the drama group is accessible and enjoyable to all different abilities and ensuring other members of the group are aware of and sensitive to the condition.
We will try to alleviate this challenge by ensuring our drama activities are accessible and carefully explained, fostering a positive environment within the team of support and where relevant holding informal talks and dementia friends awareness sessions with groups.
A second challenge is effectively engaging people in the later stages of dementia - it may be more difficult to evaluate our impact if people in the later stages have more limited ability to communicate verbally. We will use the guidance provided by Yorkshire Dance's report into creativity with residents of care homes and guidance provided by Alzheimer's Society to evaluate our impact upon people's wellbeing, such as monitoring using dementia mapping.
Ensure all staff and volunteers receive dementia friends sessions
We will hold dementia friends sessions for all our staff and volunteers. This is to ensure we raise awareness of dementia within our team, to make sure our activities and work are dementia friendly. We also hope this will help people who work or volunteer for us to talk to us, if they develop dementia or become a carer. We can then put measures in place to support that individual to retain independence and adapt their role as needed.
- Being implemented
Offer dementia friends sessions to schools we work with
We will offer dementia friends sessions to the schools we provide drama clubs for. We will offer to deliver dementia friends workshops once a year to their Year 5 and Year 6 classes, using the adapted material for young people provided on the dementia friends resources website.
Raise awareness through twitter and website
We will raise awareness by sharing the dementia friendly logo on our website, our champions status on our email footer, retweeting messages (especially around key times such as dementia awareness week) and being a dementia friendly advocate online.
- Being implemented
Ensuring our intergenerational drama group is accessible
We provide a drama group in Leeds for older and young people to put on plays together. We aim to make the group accessible for people with dementia by: including well known songs from 50's to the 70's in performances to allow for a dementia friendly choir ensuring performances are scripted/improvised to eliminate need to learn lines ensuring the venue is accessible, with no shiny floors or black mats, lots of natural light and accessible toilets offer a reminder phone call before sessions to attendees cover transport costs of those who may not be able to attend otherwise