Watch our Dementia-friendly KLS creativity workshop video!
We provide creative opportunities to empower people affected by dementia.
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
Open Access Arts - individually designed dementia- friendly projects.
We provide creative opportunities to empower people affected by dementia in the community.
Holiday at Home
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. August 2023.
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!
August 2023. Fabulous news! We have been invited back to KLS to deliver even more Dementia-friendly reminiscence workshops!
We are very excited! Starting January 2024. Watch this space!
Click on the invite for more information.
We have developed a wonderful relationship with the fabulous Memory Lane in Cranleigh where Jeanette has spent some time lending a helping hand.
November will see Open Access Arts deliver Dementia friendly creativity, as part of there fantastic programme.
On the 20, November, Jeanette Rourke from Open Access Arts will lead on an exciting number of various seasonal craft activities for those experiencing dementia and encouraging their carers to join in the fun.
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:
Open Access Arts
Please contact us to talk about dementia-friendly
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
Alzheimers Society - Introduction to the dementia journey
SCIE*- Social care institute of excellence - Dementia Awareness - The National Dementia Training Standards Framework
UCL* - University College London - Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives
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....
"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.
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!
A brief note from Jeanette - Founder of Open Access Arts and....
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.
This is an interview with one of our (Memory Lane) guests who was able to explain just what it is like "Living with Dementia"