A creative support programme for people living with dementia and their family carers in Brentwood, Essex
Good Company is a 2-year creative support programme for people living with dementia and other age-related illnesses and/or disabilities and their family carers, living in the Borough of Brentwood and the South Essex locality.
Over a series of eight-week programmes of activity and care, participants will be invited to attend a weekly creative group at Brentwood Theatre, where they can be immersed in an array of stimulating arts activities, from reminiscence theatre, to dance, film, visual arts, song and orchestral music, whilst exploring wellbeing, identities and relationships between family carers and those they care for.
Good Company seeks to reimagine Day Care for people living with dementia and their carers. It is a unique collaboration between Age Exchange, Orchestras Live, Sinfonia Viva, Green Candle Dance, Brentwood Borough Council, Alzheimer’s UK (Essex) and Brentwood Theatre. Local people referred to the service come to the company to make music, dance, and share reminiscence, all explored through sharing and experiencing their life stories and personal journeys. Members come to create and to learn together. Good Company is a vibrant, emotive, cathartic model of creative care. It is about empowering participants in the present. Currently we are exploring the themes of childhood, the sea and seaside, and looking good and going out! Our themes are explored through handling artefacts and sensory stimuli, through reminiscence and improvisation resulting in new music and dance works as well as reminiscence theatre.
Good Company is funded by the Essex Cultural Fund and the NHS.