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Coffee, Cake and Culture

Run in the past by both the Manchester Museum and the Whitworth,  ‘Coffee, Cake and Culture’ is designed to support those at risk of social isolation by providing stimulating and creative learning opportunities through meaningful activities crafted for individuals with dementia.

The programme is delivered by some of the country’s leading experts and is open to everyone. People with dementia, carers, care workers, health and cultural professionals, as well as anyone working or with an interest in this field are encouraged to come along.

Specially trained museum staff will provide a forum for dialogue through the showcasing of exhibitions, guided tours and opportunities for participants to handle objects and get involved with craft activities.

The programme teaches about brain function and encourages individuals to understand the experience of dementia from the sufferer’s point of view; recognise barriers to communication and learn strategies for communicating effectively to support wellbeing. The aim is to support individuals understanding of the framework of Montessori philosophy and principles in practice. We do this by introducing participants to a range of stimulating fun activities and by offering access to museum resources specifically designed for people with dementia.

 

The aim of the programme is to provide a stimulating social learning environment where people living with dementia and carers share their visit, experiences and memories. Reawakening the mind and connecting to the world around us, museums and galleries give us a chance to be creative and imaginative.

Specially trained museum staff guide visitors around the exhibitions highlighting collections and objects to engage with during an interactive programme in the galleries, the exhibition visit is followed by coffee and cake with an opportunity for conversation.

 

Coffee, Cake and Culture at the Whitworth

Making culture accessible for anyone living with a physical or mental health need, and their families.

Making art enables people to express themselves, be creative and provides opportunity to form new identities whilst celebrating uniqueness. We offer free gallery visits fully supported by artists, curators and volunteers. Coffee, Cake and Culture allows participants to share their experiences and memories through meaningful and stimulating activity.

@ The Whitworth, The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER

4 week block, on Tuesday, 2.00-4.00pm.

22 January

29 January

5 February

12 February

All sessions are FREE and held in the learning studio, led by artists with the support of volunteers. To make a referral, for more information or to sign up please email daisy.strang@manchester.ac.uk or call 0161 275 8459.

The sessions aim to:

  • Provide quality time for the the person with dementia and their carer
  • Promote creativity and imagination
  • Prevent social isolation
  • Provide meaningful, age appropriate and stimulating activity
  • Encourage all to focus on the person and not the illness
  • Enhance communication and enables connections to the world around us

 

Coffee, Cake and Culture at Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum offers fully supported museum visits for people living with dementia and their family members or care partner. These two hour sessions are FREE and will be back at the museum later this year.

The aim of the programme is to provide a stimulating social learning environment where people living with dementia and carers share their visit, experiences and memories. Reawakening the mind and connecting to the world around us, museums and galleries give us a chance to be creative and imaginative.

Specially trained museum staff guide visitors around the exhibitions highlighting collections and objects to engage with during an interactive programme in the galleries, the exhibition visit is followed by coffee and cake with an opportunity for conversation.

The sessions aim to:

  • Provide quality time for the the person with dementia and their carer
  • Promote creativity and imagination
  • Prevent social isolation
  • Provide meaningful, age appropriate and stimulating activity
  • Encourage all to focus on the person and not the illness
  • Enhances communication and enables connections to the world around us

 

Dementia currently affects 800,000 people in the UK, and that number is set to increase dramatically as the population ages.

At the Manchester Museum and the Whitworth we recognise that although perception of time and space is hindered, individuals with dementia live in a world where relationships, objects and situations matter. For that reason, we have designed a monthly program for elderly people in supported housing or care homes, individuals with dementia and also family members or care partners. The programme intends to raise awareness, enable individuals to live well with dementia and inspire future visits to the Museum. Coffee, Cake and Culture is designed to support those at risk of social isolation by providing stimulating and creative learning opportunities through meaningful activities crafted for individuals with dementia. It is a social activity for the whole group to enjoy together.

Specially trained museum staff provide a forum for dialogue through the showcasing of exhibitions, guided tours and opportunities for participants to handle objects and get involved with craft activities. The programme is delivered by some of the country’s leading experts and is open to everyone. People with dementia, carers, care workers, health and cultural professionals, as well as anyone working or with an interest in this field are encouraged to come along.

The programme teaches about brain function and encourages individuals to understand the experience of dementia from the sufferer’s point of view; recognise barriers to communication and learn strategies for communicating effectively to support wellbeing. The aim is to support individuals understanding of the framework of Montessori philosophy and principles in practice. We do this by introducing participants to a range of stimulating fun activities and by offering access to museum resources specifically designed for people with dementia.

So far, our participants have engaged in meaningful and creative activity, produced a series of artworks and explored Montessori based activities. Health professionals and carers have also valued new and fresh ideas for art based approaches to dementia care and have been able to develop their own skills caring for their patients.

Prior to the session, we offer a pre-visit to your venue. Through the ‘Museum Comes to You’ programme, we will introduce collections to staff to the collection prior to the groups visit.

 For more information contact wendy.gallagher@manchester.ac.uk or Andrea.winn@manchester.ac.uk

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