CREATING WITH DEMENTIA
We are delighted to announce that in March 2019 Daisy Coles was awarded the Ingram Scholarship at Vanderbilt University as a result of her work with dementia, supported by Age Unlimited.
‘Creating with Dementia’ is a multigenerational programme of free art workshops for people with Early-Stage Dementia and their carers funded by Age Unlimited. Here we explain how remarkable 16-year old Daisy Coles came to start the workshops.
What first started as a Sixth-former’s weekly visits to Nazareth House Care Home to fulfil her Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh volunteering requirements, resulted in a pilot project to be proactive with the elderly living with Dementia (on their own) in London.
Since the late 1990’s, scientific research has proven that artistic stimulation reduces the frustration and stress experienced by a person with Dementia. By engaging in creative activities, the person with Dementia has an increase in self -esteem and general feeling of well –being, which for many, allows the person to prolong their independent living.
Having been trained and certified by Dementia Pathfinders and Arts4Dementia, Daisy started ‘Creating with Dementia’ which is a programme of FREE weekly multigenerational art workshops at venues around London for people with Early- Stage Dementia and their carers. Daisy recruited friends from her school, Godolphin & Latymer ; sourced wheelchair accessible venues and hired Art Facilitators/teachers who lead the sessions. Finally a local importer of art supplies donated paints and paper. The greatest effort of all has been reaching out to the Dementia community through local churches, GP offices, day centres, Alzheimer UK, Carer Network, community champions,NHS, memory clinics, AGE UK, FISH Barnes, Resonate Arts, Dementia Pathfinders and Arts 4 Dementia.
The generous funding from Age Unlimited has allowed us to put on the 25 Art Workshops in venues across London from Hammersmith (inside the Town Hall) to Barnes (Richmond)and finally at The Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, in their education rooms ( April- May) --who knows what the future brings!
Daisy Coles, founder of Creating with Dementia