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A LIFE MORE ORDINARY

Our pioneering project, A Life More Ordinary, gives people living with dementia and memory loss more choice, more control and greater access to leisure and cultural opportunities at The Dukes. 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 13 other venues across the UK: Picturehouse at FACT in Liverpool; Wem Town Hall in Shropshire; Chorley Little Theatre; Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Oldham ColiseumTheatr Colwyn and Light Cinema Experience in New Brighton, 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.

We are inviting other venues to join the A Life More Ordinary Programme.  Anyone interested can contact Gil Graystone, Inclusive Film and Theatre Officer: ggraystone@thedukes-lancaster.org

“I am particularly impressed by the events from which my 92 year old mother in law not only enjoys but visibly benefits from singing along in the film interval brings back the woman we used to know”  Family member

“It’s nice that there are things like this going on. You don’t feel as isolated.”  Carer

“I come home feeling full of contentment and joy…”  Participant

For more information on the project itself please click here.

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Free teas, coffees and pastries are provided at all of our creative sessions and film screenings, courtesy of Cumberland Building Society.

 

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our A Life More Ordinary daytime film screenings are presented in association with AGE UK Lancashire and everyone is welcome.  These film screenings have a relaxed atmosphere so that people are welcome to move around and come and go as they please.  Each screening has an interval with live entertainment.

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Meet Me in St Louis

Mon 11 December – 2pm

(finishes approx. 4.15pm)

In the year leading up to the 1904 World’s Fair in St.Louis, the four smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Starring Judy Garland, this acclaimed 1944 Hollywood boasts non-stop entertainment, including a wealth of unforgettable songs such as ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, ‘The Trolley Song’, ‘The Boy Next Door’, and ‘A Day in New York’.

Tickets:  £4
Carers go free

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Tea coffee and pastries are available in The Dukes café area, free for all ticket holders from 12.30pm
Light lunches are also available to buy in the The Dukes Cafébar

‘Still me’: The continuing self of someone with dementia

Thursday 27th April
7pm – 8.30pm

With Roger Clough – Emeritus Professor, Lancaster University

The lecture and discussion will pursue the topic of self and a continuing, though changing, identity. Roger Clough’s premise is that people continue as themselves, ‘still me’.  In that he follows the title of the book and film Still Alice. He does not attempt to present a coherent picture of a ‘self with dementia’, rather to search at the topic and look for clues to ‘being me’.

Driving improvements in health care, Creating dementia friendly communities, Improving dementia research

Thursday 15 June
7pm – 8.30pm

With Dianne Smith, Matron for Dementia, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust

This talk will help understand what dementia is, the symptoms of dementia, plus the problems living daily with it for the person and their family. It covers the help given when someone is admitted into hospital with dementia and how a unique “dementia hub” has been set up in our local community.

Defying Dementia: Raising funds and awareness of Lancaster University’s research into neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease.

All lectures are FREE but seating is limited so please book in advance.    

CREATIVE SESSIONS

Our Creative Sessions start again in February 2018. Please check back for updates.

Our creative sessions are fun afternoons, led by an experienced facilitator.  No experience is necessary, and they are relaxed sessions where you can meet people and spend time trying out a creative activity.

All creative sessions are FREE to attend, but places are limited so please book in advance. Tickets are to book online or by calling our Box Office on 01524 598500.

 No experience necessary.

All of our creative sessions are run by highly experienced facilitators. 

Please note that pastoral care is not provided at A Life More Ordinary events – a friend, family member or carer must also attend.

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Free teas, coffees and biscuits are provided at all of our creative sessions and film screenings, courtesy of Iceland supermaket.

 

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 and The University of Lancaster.

So far, the programme has been rolled out to 13 venues across the UK:

 

Over the course of the programme’s first year, ‘A Life More Ordinary’ welcomed 1,878 participants to our screenings, creative sessions and events.

We are now in year 3 of the programme and will continue to develop the venues to include a further 2 across the UK by the end of July 2018.

For more information on how to get involved in A Life More Ordinary please email our Inclusive Film and Theatre Officer, Gil Graystone, at ggraystone@dukes-lancaster.org.

Click on the video below to find out how FACT in Liverpool have been developing the project:

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 and The University of Lancaster.