On Tuesday 4th October 2022 an excellent webinar, produced in partnership with Sir Muir Gray, Director of the Optimal Ageing Programme at the University of Oxford and with Arts 4 Dementia, took place. The uplifting power of cultural and creative activity nurtures our resilience in the community. Our Trustee Director William Ogden was a speaker alongside other inspiring minds.

You can view a recording of the full webinar, along with a transcript, at veronicarts.com

Engaging in re-energising social activity from the onset of a potential dementia empowers individuals and their loved ones to preserve their brain health, combat isolating fears and nurtures sense of identity, of belonging and resilience for years longer.

Kamran Mallick, Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK sends message from hospital. Dr Rashmi Becker MBE, Founder, Step Change Studios chairs a debate between leaders in social prescribing and a range of arts for people living with visual impairments, deafness, physical disabilities and those experiencing early symptoms of a dementia.

If you are involved or interested in innovative ways of using arts for the disabled and brain health, or are responsible for culture, health and wellbeing, or are a social prescriber or for anyone interested in culture and creativity to preserve for brain health, you are warmly welcome to access the recording and transcript from our Disability Arts for Brain Health webinar on Tuesday 4 October 2022 at 2-4 pm BST.

Speakers included:

  • CHAIR: Dr Rashmi Becker MBE, (with message from Kamran Mallick, CEO, Disability Rights UK)
  • Dr Michelle Howarth, Lead: National Social Prescribing Network Special Interest Group: Nursing
  • Dr Lucy Burke, Principal Lecturer, Centre for Culture & Disabiliity Studies at Liverpool Hope University.
  • Dr Rashmi Becker MBE, Founder, Step Change Studios, London.
  • Fleur Derbyshire-Fox, Director of Engagement, English National Ballet ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’
  • William Ogden, Trustee Director of Decibels, Music for the deaf
  • Nabil Shaban, Actor, activist, co-founder, Graeae Theatre for disabled people.
  • Rebecca McGinnis, Senior Managing Educator for Accessibility, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Furrah Syed FRSA, Artist, Educator, Colour Energy Specialist, Visual arts for the blind and visually impaired
  • Dr. Beverley Duguid, founder of InsightMind poetry for the visually impaired
  • Ruth Fabby MBE, Director, Disability Arts Cymru.
  • Jan-Bert van den Berg, Director, Artlink Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Veronica Franklin Gould FRSA (President, Arts 4 Dementia)

For more information please visit veronicarts.com