Ageless Updates

Welcome to the Ageless updates page. 

We are now half way through the campaign (launched on Giving Tuesday in November 2017), and we have raised over £55,000 against our target of £100,000!

Thank you so much to all of you who have donated, helping us to ensure that no one in our community misses out on the joy that theatre and live art can bring.

You can donate to Ageless any time and help us reach our goal!

AGELESS WEEK | 2- 9 June

Ageless Week saw a range of free dementia and family friendly activities take place to raise awareness and funds for the Ageless campaign. They included Ageless Singing, led by our Mind, Body, Sing! practitioners Janet Ayers and Matthew Parsons, and a community poetry writing session where our Creative Responses and Family Foyle groups met to collaborate.

Read the final poem here

Ageless Week raised over £7,000 to help support this important work, so thank you to the generosity of everyone who donated, including audience members who gave generously after seeing The Chalk Garden.

Ageless Week was supported by Irwin Mitchell and Sheen Stickland
In association with Creative Age Challenge


The CFT Buddies project was launched in 2017 and now provides FREE volunteer companions for those who wish to see CFT productions but who would benefit from some extra support. We now have 30 Buddies raring to go and are keen to get people signed up for Festival 2018 (if you know anyone who would benefit please get in touch). 

In preparation, we held our first ‘Buddies Meet and Greet’ in March, welcoming people to meet our friendly volunteers and find out more about the scheme.

Some positive feedback we received:

Where did you find these wonderful people! It was such a joy to learn about their experience of the theatre, whether it is their profession or, like me, they are enthusiastic about theatre and CFT in particular.

It was helpful to know that the Theatre Buddy would find me at the Box Office. Each Buddy introduced themselves and we had time to chat and get to know each other a little… which was reassuring.

The CFT Buddies Scheme is supported by Rathbones


In February, we visited one of our Mind, Body, Sing sessions, held every Friday in Augusta Court Care Home. Residents and visitors were joined by students from Busy Bees Nursery for a fun workshop in movement and singing.

Some positive feedback we received:

Music is a brilliant method of communication—Janet and Matt are great at leading the sessions, encouraging everyone to join in and bringing a smile to their faces.

Janet and Matt are excellent—you can tell by people’s faces.


We recently asked for some feedback on our dementia friendly Creative Responses workshops and were encouraged by the positive feedback…

Excellent, got people talking about the past and reminiscing about Chichester. Amazing poems as the outcome.

It was excellent! I really enjoyed it. It was stimulating and creative and satisfying to have an end product.

Just the right length of time. Fun, friendly, and well managed.

Very interesting and creative. We all felt daunted at first, but were very pleased with the finished poem.

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.

Ageless With Logo.

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