Many of our Remembering Together apprentices become Creative Befrienders to create artwork together based on people’s life stories. Explore artist Sarah Gudgin's reflections of their time together through the Snapshots blog below.
Creative Befrienders was developed in response to the recognition by the Westminster Memory Service of a number of former artists who would benefit from tailored, expert support in their dementia. We now run the project across the three boroughs and have an ever-increasing pool of artist volunteers who work with people in their own homes.
Volunteer artists are matched with people living with dementia who have been artists (musicians, art dealers, authors, illustrators, milliners, dancers, exhibition curators, photographers etc) or who are very arts interested, and together they may create art, talk about their shared passions, potentially plan a cultural visit together or attend a project in the area, all of which encourages wellbeing through a continuing of their creative life.
Our Cultural Befrienders programme is for volunteers interested in offering time to support and accompany people living with a dementia to attend a project in their area, or to visit exhibitions, concerts, talks etc. This is an ideal volunteer position for artists with less availability that would prefer to volunteer on an ad-hoc basis supporting projects across central London, it is also a great way to gain more experience in working creatively with people with dementia.
An arts interest/background is essential for both positions.
There will be free full day training, at least your first visit will be supervised and supported, mentoring and supervision, and there will be regular catch up sessions to meet peers and professionals throughout the programme. All expenses – including tickets and entry fees are covered.
Our next training session is Saturday 2nd February 10.30am – 6pm (central London location)
For more information about the programme and details of how to apply