In 2010, The Courtyard was delighted to become the first dementia friendly Arts Centre in the UK by joining the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA). The DAA is committed to transforming the quality of life of people living with dementia and their carers. The Courtyard has been working closely with the local Alzheimer’s Society, those with dementia and their carers to develop initiatives to ensure The Courtyard is a ‘dementia friendly’ venue and to support people with dementia to engage in the arts.
We provide a venue that people with dementia and their carers feel comfortable and safe to visit, ensuring they feel supported to take part in things that are important to them. All of our staff and stewards receive dementia awareness training to help them understand the needs of people living with dementia.
We hold regular Dementia Friendly film screenings as well as The Courtyard’s Spectacular Tea Dance three times a year. We also offer free Dementia Friends Information Sessions once a month.
Become A Dementia Friend
Over 3 million people have become Dementia Friends. Why not join them at The Courtyard’s Dementia Friends Information Session online! Learn a little more about dementia and some of the small ways you can help those living with dementia, and you can make a huge difference in your community.
We’re delighted to be hosting Orchestra of the Swan’s Café Muse, a music café for Armed Forces Veterans living with dementia.
Café Muse is an initiative to allow veterans living with dementia the opportunity take part in a range of interactive music workshops. Participants will explore the sounds of musical instruments as well as learn or rediscover a new musical skill. They will also participate in composition and improvisation sessions and create new friendships and social interactions.