Arts, Theatre and BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) communities

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 By Ripaljeet Kaur, Touchstone BME Dementia Worker
Touchstone LogoTouchstone’s BME Dementia service has worked in collaboration with many organisations on different projects. The one collaboration which is growing stronger as time goes by is with West Yorkshire Playhouse.

They have also produced a ‘Dementia Friendly performance’ guide in which Touchstone’s Bme Dementia service members are featured which shows their commitment to work with BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) communities.

If you would like to see the guide, please follow the link below.

About Touchstone

BME Dementia GroupAt Touchstone we have South Asian Dementia café, “Hamari Yaadain” which means “Our memories”. Our first ever visit to the playhouse was to watch ‘The dearranged marriage’.

Then we watched dementia friendly performance of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ amazingly people remembered watching the movie with their kids when they were young.

We definitely pushed people out of their comfort zone to go watch these plays, but it was great to see how it brought back memories from the past for people and started conversations.

Joint project with West Yorkshire Playhouse

Laila The MusicalRecently, we did a small joint project with Nicky Taylor, Community Development manager at West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of their ‘Our Time’ initiative. Our dementia café members went to watch ‘Laila the Musical’ play by Rifco Arts which they all enjoyed a lot.

One of the attendees said,

“When I was young, there was a book on this love story which I have read”. Then, we visited playhouse again to recollect the memories from the show which brought up discussions around love, relationships etc.

Then, members enjoyed creative movement session with music. It was lovely to see someone living with dementia getting involved and enjoying himself.

The future

We are hoping to engage people from ethnic minorities in more arts and cultural activities in the future. Thank you to Nicky for making our visit very comfortable as everyone really enjoyed themselves.

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2017-02-06T13:34:14+00:00 13th July 2016|Comments Off on Arts, Theatre and BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) communities

About the Author:

Sean Tunnicliffe
Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.