Alzheimer’s Support’s new art group begins in Chippenham in September, thanks to funding from Chippenham Borough Lands Charity. Volunteers are welcome to support members and help with refreshments and setting out the room.
It will be Alzheimer’s Support’s fourth group in Wiltshire where people living with dementia and a family carer can explore a wide variety of art projects, guided by professional artist, Fran Young. Family carers will also be welcome as full members of the group – and no experience of art is necessary to come along.
The group will explore a variety of art forms, from drawing and painting to sculpture and collage, working in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Group organiser, Pam Ollis, said: “Working with colour and texture can be so important for people living with dementia, and it’s relaxing for carers too to have a break from the day to day tasks and focus on something creative.”
The new art group is being made possible by funding of £1,615 from Chippenham Borough Lands Charity.
CEO Phil Tansley said: “We are delighted to be providing funding for this new Alzheimer’s Support art group in Chippenham. The group will give local people living with dementia, and their families, a fantastic opportunity to undertake artistic activities designed to benefit both the body and mind in a friendly, safe, and supportive environment.”
The new group will meet monthly on Wednesday afternoons at King Alfred’s Hall from September. To find out more about joining as a member or a volunteer call 01380 739055 or sign up at www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk