Swindon Arts Centre has announced a brand new community initiative with its Dementia Friendly Film Season ‘The Memory Cinema’, starting later this month.

Supported by Film Hub South West and Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Theatres is hosting a season of classic films for people living with dementia, their families and carers to enjoy together.

The aim of these relaxed screenings is to make cinema a key part of a dementia friendly community by providing a fun, accessible and inclusive experience in a safe and welcoming environment.

Studies have shown that when people receive a dementia diagnosis they often find cultural activities such as going to the cinema can become off limits, sometimes leading to isolation and depression. These events can help people with dementia to build their confidence and do something they enjoy.

Research from the Alzheimer’s Society has shown that participating in the arts, including watching films can make a real difference to people with dementia. Films offer other ways to communicate when verbal communication becomes difficult and they don’t rely on complex sequencing which is impacted by the condition.

“The films for the season have been chosen for their nostalgia for a bygone age, have a classic story and have a feel good factor about them.  We look forward to welcoming patrons to the Arts Centre to enjoy these films in a relaxed and safe environment – we encourage people to sing and dance should they wish to!” said Nyree Kingsbury, Community & Education Officer for Swindon Theatres.

These events are free, but tickets need to be booked through the Ticket office to reserve a seat.  All films will be shown at the Swindon Arts Centre, Devizes Rd.

Swindon Theatres’ Memory Cinema film screenings will commence on Monday 30th April, with further screenings scheduled as per below:

Monday 30th April at 2pm – The Sound of Music

Thursday 24th May at 11am – Carry on Camping

Monday 18th June at 11am – Singin’ in the Rain

Friday 13th July at 2pm – (film to be confirmed)

For further information and to book free tickets today visit swindontheatres.co.uk or call the Ticket Office on 01793 524481.

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