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 Watch our Dementia-friendly KLS creativity workshop video!
    
We provide creative opportunities to empower people living with dementia.
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What is Dementia?

The word 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms that over time can affect memory, problem-solving, language and behaviour. (Alzheimer's Society)

Creativity and Dementia

Creativity can be a powerful way for people with dementia to not only express themselves but also stimulate their mind which can improve thinking ability.

It can help people living with dementia to create a dialogue and provide them with an additional means to express themselves. (Dementia UK)

Open Access Arts - Dementia-friendly Creativity 

 

Hello you!

Open Access Arts - individually designed dementia- friendly projects.

We provide creative opportunities to empower people living with dementia in the community.

 

Our Projects!

HOT NEWS!!!!! 2024

From June onwards we will be delivering our Dementia Friendly Creative at The Guildford Institute.

A selection of one off events and group workshops. Keep an eye on  The Guildford Institute website for more information .

We will also update as we go along! Why not join us! 

 

Holiday  at Home

Open Access Arts Bringing there Hello you! magic to the Dementia-friendly holiday drop-in as part of the 'Holiday At Home' event at the United Reformed Church Guildford.

A holiday retreat with, build a sandcastle, share a memory, paint a seaside picture, paint a shell, time-travel, laugh, tea chat and more...

 

Watch our Holiday at Home mini movie

Dementia friendly creativity and play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Low Settlement

Dementia friendly reminiscence workshops.

A drop-in and be creative (or just drink tea and chat) opportunity.

Delivered by OAA at KLS

The short film at the top of this page is a snapshot of this project.

The Katherine Low Settlement is a much-loved busy charity that has been at the heart of the community in Battersea, South West London, since 1924.

 

We were invited back to KLS for a 'Festive Fun Special' where amongst many other things, all those involved made a festive tree with decorations to keep and take away! 

2024 - Jan and June we are back at KLS!  More news to follow...

We have developed a wonderful relationship with the fabulous Memory Lane in Cranleigh where Jeanette has spent some time lending a helping hand. 

Memory Lane Cranleigh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the invite for more information.

 

You can see our wonderful Festive Fun Workshop here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memory Lane welcomes anyone who may be feeling lonely and of course those experiencing dementia and their carers.

Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8AS

 

Memory Lane made this wonderful Video:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello you!

Open Access Arts

 

Please contact us to talk about dementia-friendly

creative adventures....

Phone: ​07867803654

Email: jkhrourke@aol.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

                Open Access Arts

Has been welcomed by the Alzheimer's Society as a 'Dementia Friend’

Whilst the OAA team have decades of experience and (as you can see throughout our website) lots of professional qualifications, we are also committed to on-going* professional development and training.

Dementia: Training and Development 

 

Arts4Dememtia - Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training for the Arts

 

UCL - University College London - Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives

Dementia Pathfinders. Encouraging togetherness and learning in dementia care.

Safeguarding Adults - 2024

Alzheimers Society - Introduction to the dementia journey

 

SCIE*- Social care institute of excellence - Dementia Awareness - The National Dementia Training Standards Framework

 

Alzheimers Society *- Understanding the early stages of dementia

Alzheimers Society* - Responding to distressing behaviour 

Alzheimers Society* - Creating dementia friendly environments

Alzheimers Society *- Understanding the later stages of dementia 

Open Access Arts are now delivering workshops at the Sunflower Cafe Guildford Join us!

Watch a mini snapshot here....

 

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"Thank you so much for your warm welcome today.

Sue and I (Michael) REALLY enjoyed being with you and seeing the pleasure your guests had in such a joyful atmosphere."

Enjoy a cuppa, biscuits and great company at the Guildford Sunflower Cafe.

The cafe is aimed specifically at individuals with dementia and their carers providing them with the opportunity to meet with others in similar circumstances in a warm and welcoming environment.

Join us!

Title: Sunflower Cafe – Guildford
When: 10.30am to 12noon on Wednesdays
Where: United Reformed Church, Portsmouth Road, Guildford GU2 4BS
Parking: Free parking is available at the church in designated parking bay allocations.
Tickets: URC -Suggested donation of £3 to cover cost of refreshments

 

Book: No need to book – just turn up!

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A brief note from Jeanette - Founder of Open Access Arts and....

Hello you!

My own Mum (Kitty) had dementia and I was part of her support and care for the last ten years of her life.

You don't get a certificate for that, what you get, is 'lived experience' and no amount of training can equal that.

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This is an interview with one of our (Memory Lane)  guests who was able to explain just what it is like "Living with Dementia"

Our Projects!

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You can watch our Christmas Party and Tree display here:

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