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We are proud to announce the launch of Dementia Friendly Films. Once a month, we’ll be offering a dementia friendly film for just £4 per ticket, accompanying carer tickets are £2.

Dementia Film Screenings welcome everyone but are designed to be relaxed and accessible. During the film the lighting is dimmed in the auditorium, instead of complete darkness, with the screening including a 15-minute interval for a comfort break. Half an hour before the film, those attending can join us for free tea, coffees and biscuits.

Through Tewkesbury's Dementia Action Alliance group, The Roses’ Community & Creative Wellbeing Producer, Megan Dunford, has been working with partners across the Borough to better understand how we can make the venue more welcoming, caring and supportive.

We’ve sought further advice from Picture House Cinema, which already offers monthly dementia friendly films in their cinemas across the country. In early July, our community team and some Roses volunteers are taking a trip to Bath's The Little Theatre to learn how they offer regular support for local people with Dementia - we'll report back on this later this summer!

The screenings will be supported by our incredible staff and volunteer team who’ve had dementia training from Julia, a Musical Practitioner from Mindsong. Mindsong creates and provides services across Gloucestershire that are tailored for people living with dementia and their family and friends.

Megan said, “I’m extremely grateful to Thriving Communities Fund for their funding, which has allowed us to be able to support people with dementia and their carers across the Tewkesbury Borough. Film screenings are proven to help people affected by dementia to feel less isolated, as well as support those with the condition improve their health and wellbeing.

If you'd like to talk to Megan about our Dementia Friendly Programmes you can email her, she'd be happy to tell you more or answer any questions.

You can find more information about Dementia Friendly Screenings and the next film programmed here.