A film project exploring life for people living with dementia and their carers.
In 2019 People Express were put in contact with a group of people living with dementia and their carers, living in Amber Valley. The Amber Valley Dementia Peer Support Network took part in and set up a number a of dementia friendly activities, including a tea dance, social swimming, and pottery classes, and now wanted to make a film of their own.
A tour of the film to care and community settings took place following the launch of the film in Dementia Action Week 2022 (16th - 20th May). The tour was supported by High Peak Community Arts, South Derbyshire District Council, Fleet Arts, Junction Arts and Derby Theatre, was made possible thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.
The main aim of the project is to enable the group to 'gift' their personal stories, experiences,learning, passions and the belief that 'life is for living' to other people affected by dementia. They are reaching out to carers, people who are newly diagnosed and creating awareness pre-diagnosis.
" I THOUGHT THE FILM WAS BRILLIANT. AS A CARER IT WAS REFRESHING TO SEE DEMENTIA DISCUSSED IN A TRUTHFUL WAY THAT YOU WOULD NOT SEE IN MAINSTREAM MEDIA. " Tony, Carer