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Talent on show in Dementia Support South Lincs art group

Members of the Dementia Support South Lincs art group with some of their work EMN-140707-163958001

Members of the Dementia Support South Lincs art group with some of their work EMN-140707-163958001

Dementia sufferers and their carers have found an outlet for their talents thanks to an art group started by a support charity.

Staff at Dementia Support South Lincs decided to set up a group to enable some of their members to paint and draw in a social setting.

Weekly sessions are help in blocks of up to six weeks at Wake House in North Street, Bourne. Dementia sufferers and their carers are invited to take on a project.

Memory health care worker Kate Marshall said the group brought clear benefits to those who attended.

“It’s about people expressing themselves through art and working in a group together,” she said.

“It has taken a little while to get a group of people coming regularly. But it’s very relaxing for the carers as well.”

The group has about a dozen regular members. Their latest project was a mural based around the First World War and a set of postcards. The work was put on display at the Aslackby Art Festival last month and Kate hopes to show the mural at future events. The postcards are on sale and any profit will go back into the charity.

“It was an amazing show in Aslackby and we had a lot of good compliments,” said Kate. “People were surprised by the quality of the work.”

She added: “They all worked really hard and long on the exhibition. It has been a great project.”

The group is led by at teacher Barbara Barker, who took care of her husband when he was diagnosed with dementia. The sessions are designed to focus on retaining people’s skills.

Kate said: “People think about dementia as people losing skills. But we try to concentrate on the skills that are remaining. People might not be able to paint the way they used to but they still enjoy painting.”

If you or someone you know would like to join the group call Kate on 01778 440153 or visit www.dementiasupportsouthlincs.co.uk.

 

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