Creative group for people with memory loss and dementia opens at Portland Basin Museum

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Artists from social enterprise Small Things are opening the doors of the Storybox Creative Café at Portland Basin Museum. The free sessions, designed for older people who may be experiencing memory loss, use imagination to inspire stories, poetry and art.

Storybox Creative Café was developed in 2008 after research showed that people living with dementia can benefit from taking part in artistic activities. Studies found that people enjoyed an increased ability to recall life events. They also benefitted from improved physical movement, face-name recognition and reduced confusion.

The sessions are being made possible through joint work with Tameside Public Health, and Cultural Services Teams, who have recognised the many links between art and health and wellbeing.

Small Things specialise in work with older people, and will be helping museum staff to discover ways they can make the museum more dementia friendly.

The Museums Manager Rachel Corne said : “We are delighted host the Creative Café sessions. Getting involved in artistic activities undoubtedly brings health benefits to many people, as does visiting the museum itself”.

The hour long sessions will be taking place at 10.30am on selected Mondays between February and March at Portland Basin, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 0QA.

Sessions are free and open to older people, friends and family. to find out find out more contact 07941 218 435 or email info@smallthings.org

Artists from social enterprise Small Things are opening the doors of the Storybox Creative Café at Portland Basin Museum. The free sessions, designed for older people who may be experiencing memory loss, use imagination to inspire stories, poetry and art.

Storybox Creative Café was developed in 2008 after research showed that people living with dementia can benefit from taking part in artistic activities. Studies found that people enjoyed an increased ability to recall life events. They also benefitted from improved physical movement, face-name recognition and reduced confusion.

The sessions are being made possible through joint work with Tameside Public Health, and Cultural Services Teams, who have recognised the many links between art and health and wellbeing.

Small Things specialise in work with older people, and will be helping museum staff to discover ways they can make the museum more dementia friendly.

The Museums Manager Rachel Corne said : “We are delighted host the Creative Café sessions. Getting involved in artistic activities undoubtedly brings health benefits to many people, as does visiting the museum itself”.

The hour long sessions will be taking place at 10.30am on selected Mondays between February and March at Portland Basin, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL7 0QA.

Sessions are free and open to older people, friends and family. to find out find out more contact 07941 218 435 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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