Ridgeway 10k for Arts 4 Dementia
Why we need your help
The need for A4D's services, bringing joy and creative stimulation to people living with early-stage dementia and their carers, has never been greater - and A4D is working to transform their lives even through lockdown.
While this year’s official runs, including our annual classic, the Royal Parks Half Marathon and most of our other fundraising events have been cancelled or postponed, we have created a Socially Distanced 10k run for A4D on the beautiful Ridgeway near Swindon, 90 minutes from Central London. We would love you to join us on Sunday, October 11, starting at 11 AM and raise much-needed funds for A4D.
We are aiming to have up to 15 runners, starting in 3 or 4 groups at 5-minute intervals. We are asking runners to get to the area in plenty of time, but having registered, to stay in family/friend groups and not to mingle, so as to stay safe. We recommend bringing a car to use as a base and in which to leave clothes.
The event is sponsored by Ridgeway Investment Management, who are inviting us to a pub lunch afterwards in tables of maximum of 6, again no mingling. After six months of confined exercise, we very much hope you will see this as an opportunity for a lovely day in a great cause.
If you would like to join us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org TODAY – with Subject Ridgeway Run.
About Arts 4 Dementia
- We work with arts organisations to deliver challenging, inspirational “seed initiative” weekly arts workshop programmes for people affected by early-stage dementia, living in the community, and their carers. Many of these seed programmes are then continued by our hosts.
- We train arts workshop leaders in Early-Stage Dementia Awareness and to lead effective workshops for people with early-stage dementia and carers. The 850 we have trained to date will reach over 1,000 affected by dementia in 2021.
- We research and signpost arts workshops and events UK-wide for people affected by dementia in the community so that families newly affected can find stimulating opportunities nearby.
- With the active support of NHS leaders, we are leading a campaign for Social Prescribing for Dementia, under which people in the process of diagnosis may be guided to arts opportunities as a means to develop their creative skills, enhance their wellbeing and maintain active life in the community.
A4D in Covid
- A4D has been busy through Covid – and I am pleased to say that not only have we been able to avoid furloughing and so continue to look after our beneficiaries, but we have been assisted by some wonderful volunteers.
- Arts by Zoom. The needs of older people, including those with dementia and carers, have never been greater – and to combat social isolation, we have been delivering arts workshops and training for arts facilitators via Zoom.
- Chatty Wednesdays. In addition, we have been running a weekly arts-focused Chatty Wednesdays Zoom group ensuring that our isolated participants can enjoy a sense of togetherness, including with other members of their families. Our arts facilitator trainees have joined us from all over the UK - and the USA, Denmark and Malaysia.
- Social Prescribing. And with the support of wonderful people in the NHS, we have been leading a campaign for Social Prescribing for Dementia - under which people in the process of diagnosis may be guided towards arts activities - through a series of regional roundtable meetings held by Zoom.
- We have taken advice in the context of recent new September 14 guidelines – which is that as an organised event without social mingling, it does not contravene the guidelines.
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