Ageless is all our work for people who might otherwise struggle to access theatre.
It costs us £100,000 each year to run this amazing programme of work and we have been bowled over by the generosity of our audience members, our Friends and the general public. Your support has helped us to provide life-changing experiences for people who might otherwise miss out, and helped to enrich people’s lives with the joy of creative expression, socialising and the treat of seeing a show!
Ageless - a year on
As we re-launch the Ageless campaign for another year, we asked our Community Partnerships Manager, Louise Rigglesford, what has been happening this last year?
"Our work has been growing and expanding thanks to the Ageless campaign. We love to see the visible change in individuals who take part in our projects. Engaging in creative activities is one of the foremost contributors to health in later life, and we are delighted to provide this to our local community.
"Over the last year, we’ve worked in four care homes in Chichester, Selsey, Pullborough and Petworth to deliver dementia friendly creative sessions. We plan to extend to even more care homes next year, focusing on people living with more advanced dementia, for whom travel to the theatre would be difficult.
"We’ve also trained all CFT staff to be Dementia Friends, as well as working with other local theatres to train their staff, so that we’re all better informed; particularly when welcoming our audience members who are living with dementia, and their families.
Through our adult learning series, Get Into It, we’ve held 210 community classes in acting, singing, playwriting and other creative skills. These fun and relaxed sessions are open to everyone, regardless of experience or ability. We’ve just filmed a short video to show what happens and how to get involved – take a look if you’re interested in joining us.
We keep expanding CFT Buddies, our voluntary companion scheme, with 27 individuals using the service this year, meaning they don't have come to a show on their own.
In addition, we’ve also offered a range of accessible performancesincluding:
- Three relaxed performances, for individuals, groups and families with children on the autism spectrum or anyone who may benefit form a more relaxed environment
- 11 captioned performances and four British Sign Languageinterpreted performances for those who are D/deaf of hard of hearing
- 25 audio described performances for people who are visually impaired, all with touch tours beforehand so that they can explore and better understand the sets and props.
In conclusion, it has been a great year – thanks to Ageless – and we are so grateful to everyone who has donated and helped to fund this life-enriching work. We plan to grow these projects over the next year, so watch this space for further updates!
Immediately afterwards, my mother-in-law is very jolly and brightMind Body Sing! Participant
It was a delight to be sitting with someone who was also enjoying the play. I think we all had a good laughCFT Buddy user
It is very different to the activities we have, it brings back some memories, lets everyone have a chance to engage and be creative… We feel like these sessions have had a positive impact on our residents and they really enjoy the sessionsCare home staff
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September 2018 Update
CFT Buddies Success
In other news, we have exceeded our target for our CFT Buddies scheme this season. Our target was to have five individuals using the scheme, offering 30 tickets, but we have actually offered 35 tickets to eight individual bookers. We are delighted and hope the scheme continues to grow as more people hear about it.
The CFT Buddies Scheme is supported by
Dementia Friendly work
Our dementia friendly programme is well and thriving, thanks to the help of all of you who have donated to Ageless. Not only does Mind Body Sing! begin again on 21 September, but we also have plans to grow and expand our Creative Responses work to reach more people in nursing and care homes. It is important we offer this type of event in care homes because often it can be difficult for those living with more advanced dementia to travel far, so we are very pleased to be able to visit them where they are comfortable and secure.
Creative responses continues
Recently we delivered our Creative Responses sessions with a group of residents of Barlavington Manor in Petworth. These were specifically tailored for those living with advanced dementia, focusing on sensory experience, rather than verbal communication. The pilot sessions went very well and we intend to continue to work with Barlavington Manor on a monthly basis.
Stay tuned for more updates and feedback on our Ageless work, helping to keep theatre and live art at the heart of people’s lives, especially for older people at risk of isolation.