Derbyshire dementia arts project celebrates first year

A project that helps people with dementia and their carers, family and friends combat isolation is celebrating after a successful first year.

Thursday, 25th January 2018, 3:31 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th January 2018, 3:35 pm

Matinée, an Arts Derbyshire project which is funded and supported by Derbyshire County Council and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, arranges film screenings around the county.

Venues are transformed into dementia-friendly settings, including café-style seating, warmer lighting and volunteer staff on hand to offer help when needed.

Derbyshire County Council’s communities chief councillor Carol Hart said: “People with dementia should be able to live the life they want to lead in their communities, regardless of their condition.

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“But often, it’s the things we take for granted like meeting up with friends and watching a movie that can have a big impact on feelings of loneliness and isolation.

“The Matinée project is not only a fantastic idea for people with dementia to feel more connected, but it provides carers, friends and family members with much-needed respite from their responsibilities – even for a few hours.

“It’s no surprise the project is going from strength to strength and I hope that more people can benefit once it’s rolled out to more areas in the county.”

Matinée relies on volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society who are a key part of the team.

In the last year, the project has screened 15 films over 21 events in seven different areas of Derbyshire – attracting more than 320 patrons with dementia, as well as their friends, family and carers.

There will be a screening of An American in Paris in the Imperial Rooms, Matlock, tomorrow (Friday) between 1pm and 4pm.

For more on Matinée and to see future events, visit