A pioneering project, A Life More Ordinary aims to give people living with dementia and memory loss more choice, more control and greater access to leisure and cultural opportunities at The Dukes, Lancaster. Crucially, it is a project which takes place in ‘ordinary’ public settings, not in care or medical settings. The intention is that people can feel that they are able to come to an ‘ordinary’ social event, alongside other members of the public.
A Life More Ordinary welcomes everyone to the regular film screenings and creative workshops, creating a supportive, caring experience for loved ones and families to enjoy together.
The programme, led by The Dukes, has been rolled out to 15 other venues across the UK: Picturehouse at FACT in Liverpool; Wem Town Hall in Shropshire; Chorley Little Theatre; Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Theatr Colwyn, Oldham Coliseum and Light Cinema Experience in New Brighton on The Wirral, Oldham Coliseum, Theatr Colwyn, Light Cinema Experience in Wisbech, Light Cinema Experience in Cambridge, Light Cinema Experience in Walsall, Light Cinema Experience in Bolton, Light Cinema Experience in Thetford, Light Cinema Experience in Sheffield, Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and Hyde Park Picture House Cinema in Leeds.
They invite other venues to join the A Life More Ordinary Programme. Anyone interested can contact Gil Graystone, Inclusive Film and Theatre Officer: ggraystone[at]thedukes-lancaster.org
For more information on the project itself please click here.
Supported by Esmee Fairbairn, The Rayne Foundation, The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust, The Evan Cornish Foundation, The Elspeth J Thompson Charitable Trust, Joseph A Jones Solicitors, Age UK Lancashire, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and The University of Lancaster.