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Winter 2014 Volume 1


Hello everyone and welcome to this new quarterly newsletter. We wanted to try and keep you regularly updated on all our news and some of the exciting things we have planned for the year ahead - Sharon & Jeff, verd de gris Grand Depart Visit - On the Thursday 3rd April the Community Foundation for Calderdale is organising a special ‘Grand Depart’ visit to coincide with opening celebrations for the Tour de France being staged in Yorkshire. Hosted by Lord Lieutenant, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, Mayor, High Sheriff of West Yorkshire and and a select group of Community Foundation donors. Because of our wonderful work in the sessions we have been chosen to welcome the group into one of our sessions. This will be between and 12.30 (exact time tbc), the group will be with us for about 45 mins. Mark-Making - verd de gris and our sessions have been asked to be part of a research project looking into the positive effects of arts activities and dementia. We are one of only two organisations to be asked to take part nationally. The central question will be: ‘What is the value of arts and culture for people living with Dementia and Memory Problems?’ The research project is called ‘Mark Making’ and is being facilitated by Dr Hannah Zeilig from the University of Arts, London, Dr Chris Fox at University of East Anglia and John Killick. This is a really exciting opportunity for us to highlight the positive aspects of this way of working. A Soul Journey - we have just received a grant from Arts Council England and South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust to make a creative film with photographer and film maker Geoff Brokate and writer Paula Sutherland. We are just at the beginning of our creative journey but we hope to use inspiration from our creative Tuesday sessions (our inner ‘changing landscape’) as well as the amazing landscape that surrounds us. What we do know is that we won’t be setting out to try and make a documentary, but rather, we hope the film will be creative, beautiful and deeply moving.


Outings Bankfield Museum We are really excited to let you know that we have been talking with staff from Bankfield Museum with a view to devising a couple of sessions inspired by the Museum’s collection. We hope to be able to weave together objects from the collection, poetry, art and songs, and use the beautiful surroundings as a source of inspiration. The sessions would still be led by Sharon and would follow our usual format but would be housed at Bankfield Museum in Halifax.

Whitestone Arts Whitestone is an extraordinary Arts Centre close to Howarth. Set in the shadow of Haworth and Oxenhope Moors it offers up a perfect opportunity to develop thoughts and feelings about this beautiful landscape surrounding us. We hope everyone from the group will join us for a special day at the Centre - we have had a similar celebration in the past and it was an incredible experience for all who came. verd de gris will provide lunch and will hire a mini bus for transport.

Pennine Horizons - The Birchcliffe centre Pennine Horizons is a local charity and archive concerned with telling the story of the Upper Valley through photographs and archive recordings. we thought it would make for an interesting session to use the local archive as a source of inspiration. We will create a session around the local history / photographic collection, again combining poetry, song and music. Sharon will lead the session as usual.

The Victoria Theatre, Halifax Over the last few months we have been speaking to Tim Fagan, Manager of the Victoria Theatre about having a session in the beautiful surroundings of the old theatre in Halifax. Tim is also interested in something called ‘relaxed performances’ which open up some of their shows to people who might feel uncomfortable about attending the theatre (people with memory problems etc.).

Family Creative Sessions Just to let you all know that we have been funded to develop a series of creative sessions for our much-loved family members. We aim to be as responsive as we can to our group and aim to create an environment that is warm, relaxed, conversational and creative. We will provide creative ideas, arts materials and let’s see where the sessions take us! We would really like to know from you who would like to attend and which day and time of day is best.

That’s it for now - see you all in the next issue.


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Issue 1 - Winter newsletter for the creative dementia group run by verd de gris - giving details of some of the amazing opportunities we hop...

Creative Sessions Newsletter  

Issue 1 - Winter newsletter for the creative dementia group run by verd de gris - giving details of some of the amazing opportunities we hop...