Matinée 'Dementia Friendly' Film Screenings to receive £175,000 funding

10 August 2016
Arts Derbyshire Arts and Health project, Matinée, has received a high-profile grant of £175,000 from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts Access and Participation ‘More and Better’ Fund. The project will bring the magic of cinema to community locations across Derbyshire for those living with dementia, their carers, friends and family.

The grant will enable Arts Derbyshire, the strategic arts organisation for the county, to expand Matinée over four years, working in 9 different venues across the county and with a wide cross-section of partners including: the Film Hub North West Central; Derby QUAD; Derbyshire County Council Arts Team, Public Health and Adult Care; CCGs; The University of Sheffield; The Alzheimer’s Society; the Dementia Action Alliance; and Age UK. 

Matinée, currently piloting in Amber Valley District, QUAD in Derby and Glossop, provides a safe and accessible space for people with dementia and their family, friend or carer to come and enjoy a classic film, chat and refreshments in a positive, friendly and welcoming environment. Cinemas and social activities are often inaccessible to this increasing and often marginalised group; Matinée acts as an everyday, enjoyable leisure activity, helping to reduce social isolation. Working with Derbyshire Libraries and local artists, the afternoon’s entertainment also includes reminiscence, singing or film-based chat alongside film showings, prompting engagement, stirring memories, and encouraging deepening of relationships. The aim is to make the afternoon as fun and light-hearted as possible – and it’s always accompanied by plentiful tea and cake!

Alongside the screenings, partners at ScHARR (School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield) will collect evidence throughout on running dementia-friendly film events, and its effectiveness in reducing social isolation for this group. This learning will feed into the British Film Institute Film Audience Network’s plans for a national accessibility strategy, as well as enabling other groups in Derbyshire and beyond to expand their dementia-friendly arts offer through Matinée training and dissemination of good practice. 

Future dementia-friendly Matinée screenings at QUAD include: 
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (U) will be screened on Tuesday 18th October and It’s A Wonderful Life (U) on Tuesday 6th December.Tickets for Matinée screenings are £6, £5 concessions, tickets for accompanying carers are free. Places are limited and booking is available through QUAD Box office on 01332 290606. For information please click here.

Charlotte Convey, QUAD's Arts4Health Officer said "The Matinée screenings have proved a popular way for people with dementia to get out and socialise. This project is one of several Arts4Health projects, which QUAD is proud to support as part of its remit to provide arts and culture for everyone." 

Matinée Dementia Friendly screenings continue throughout Derbyshire over the summer months, including Calamity Jane (U) at Central Methodist Church in Glossop on Friday 19th August at 1:00pm and On The Town (U) at Strutts Centre in Belper on Friday 23rd September at 1:00pm. 

Future ‘Matinée’ screenings are announced on: www.artsderbyshire.org.uk/matinee 
Bookings for all Derbyshire screenings can be made on Tel: 07449 732322 or MatineeDerbyshire@gmail.com 

For more information about Matinée project please contact: Helena Reynolds, Arts and Health Co-ordinator, Arts Derbyshire, Derbyshire County Council artsandhealthderbyshire@gmail.com or Charlotte Convey on / 01332 285427 or charlottec@derbyquad.co.uk