United Response, a national charity, is inviting anyone with memory loss or dementia in the Truro area, and those caring for them, to an open day at the Royal Cornwall Museum on 2nd July, from 1.30pm-4.30pm, to introduce their Imagine … session.

In the sessions, professional artists help people to explore their creativity, using music, arts and crafts, drama and dance.  Experienced Dementia Support Workers are there to provide additional support, as well as ensuring full participation, whatever a person’s abilities.

The sessions aim to provide a lively, stimulating social group in the heart of Truro, where people will feel part of the community.  As well as enabling self-expression, the sessions are designed to be relaxed, enjoyable and safe.

Dr Marian Naidoo, who is United Response’s lead on dementia, says:

“We offer people the opportunity to explore their creativity, but there is never any pressure to perform or produce.  We have experienced support staff on hand to offer people support with physical and emotional wellbeing, so that participants return home enlivened and inspired.

“The sessions also provide a welcome break for carers, who often have very little time for themselves.”

“At the open day, a number of artists will be available to give ‘tasters’ of what we offer.  There will be dance, arts and crafts and music.  Our staff will be on hand for people to talk to, and find out more about what we offer.”

United Response is already running a similar project in Falmouth every Wednesday afternoon, from 1.30pm-4.30pm.  Regular sessions will run at the Royal Cornwall Museum every Thursday from 1.30pm-4.30pm. More sessions will begin in other locations wherever there is a demand.

Speaking about the sessions, Claire, one of the participants said: “I really enjoyed the session: it’s so relaxed and interesting. Thank you.”

United Response’s dementia project is being provided with support from the Department of Health, from the Department’s Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) Fund.


Learn more about how we support people with dementia

Watch the video from our Living Well with Dementia event in Suffolk, earlier this year: