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Dementia Art Project Expands

Wednesday February 22 2017

A pioneering CrossReach project, which helps people living with dementia through participation in art, is continuing to expand.

Heart for Art, which began with a single small group in Glasgow about five years ago, now has nine groups operating in nine different local authority areas.

It uses volunteer artists to help people with dementia to find new ways to express themselves, and build confidence and self-esteem.

Supported by the Church of Scotland Guild in its early years, the project is now continuing to flourish thanks to a grant from the Life Changes Trust.

Acting project manager Laura Mcleod told the recent CrossReach News: “Recent developments include the opening of new groups in Musselburgh and the West End of Glasgow. We have recruited volunteers for these groups and provided both dementia and safeguarding training to ensure delivery and expectations are consistent across all of our groups.

“We have also welcomed new volunteers to support some of our other groups with the practical art aspect. We are engaging with young people from schools and art colleges who are very much enjoying their involvement with HfA. This has promoted the growth of life skills for pupils involved and has brought real enjoyment to our participants.”

CrossReach is the social care arm of the Church of Scotland

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