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OnFife dementia project offers chance to get face to face again

18 November 2021

People living with mild to moderate dementia will be able to take part in two new face-to-face sessions at Kirkcaldy Galleries in November and December and OnFife Libraries can’t wait to see you.

As part of Cultural Connections work funded by Life Changes Trust, OnFife Libraries are delighted to offer local communities dementia-friendly activities. Because of the pandemic most of this activity to date has been online, but the team is now able to offer a more face-to face experience.

Our latest offering is two new sessions at Kirkcaldy Galleries. The first taking place on Thursday 25 November between 2-3pm, will be on Local & Social history. This will be of interest to people who want to find out more about where we live and local history. Book a place and come and have a cuppa with us – who knows what you might discover.

The second, on Tuesday 14 December between 2-3pm, will be a Cultural and Wellbeing session. This offers the chance to slow down, relax and find ways to be more mindful and will be a guided session by mindfulness expert Craig Gilbert, using art to help with relaxation and wellbeing.

The sessions are designed for anyone living with mild to moderate dementia so if you know of a family member or friend who you think would benefit, or if you are a carer, please spread the word. Book early to avoid disappointment as each session only caters for eight people at a time.

OnFife Libraries’ Service Development Officer Samantha MacDougall said:

“We are super excited to be offering these sessions and really look forward to seeing you in person for a much needed face-to-face catch up. And don’t worry, we have reduced our numbers from 16 to 8 to make sure everyone feels safe.”

More dementia-friendly activities are set to continue on a monthly basis until March 2022, including a Gallery Tour towards the end of January 2022 as well as events such as film screenings and discos along with more activities. Watch this space!

On-going funding will help to make Kirkcaldy Galleries as dementia-friendly as possible. It will become a ‘Hidden Disability’ venue – helping all visitors to navigate their way around the building and have a more relaxed and enjoyable visit.

To find out more about these monthly sessions and to book your place call 01592 583206 or email Kirkcaldy.galleries@onfife.com and don’t forget you can browse our list of videos in the Cultural Connections playlist here https://www.youtube.com/user/artsfife/playlists

Continue to help us shape our Cultural Connections programme of activities by getting in touch at mit@onfife.com

The Life Changes Trust was established by The National Lottery Community Fund in April 2013 with an endowment of £50 million to support transformational improvement in the quality of life, well-being, empowerment and inclusion of two key groups in Scotland: people affected by dementia and care experienced young people.

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For further information contact Sheona Small, press officer, 07809 727 989 or email sheona.small@onfife.com

Notes to editors: OnFife is a registered charity and manages and operates theatres, libraries, museums and galleries and cultural partnerships on behalf of Fife Council for people living, working and visiting Fife. Further information can be found at www.onfife.com

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