DEMENTIA

Homes for Haringey’s supported housing scheme played host to innovative theatre, aimed at reaching out to people living with dementia, this week. Theatre company ‘Spare Tyre’ ran four performances on the 6 & 7 October for residents of supported housing and care homes in Tottenham, and their families.

The company works specifically with older and vulnerable people and put on interactive, non verbal performances to enable them to engage and experience performance art.

Homes for Haringey, Support Service Team Leader Jason Keen said “This was a lovely entertaining event which really resonated with the residents and their families.”

Chinyere Ugwu, Homes for Haringey Community and Customer Relations Director commented: “These sessions manage to break through the shell of dementia giving those living with this debilitating condition a rare connection with the outside world. We are always looking at ways to help our most vulnerable residents, and being able to do more of these events could make a world of difference. It would be a great tool to reach out to the borough’s more isolated residents and enrich their lives through theatre that focuses on their needs.”

Homes for Haringey is a member of the Haringey Dementia Alliance. One of its key aims is to increase the number of Dementia Friends – trained volunteers who encourage others to learn a little bit about dementia in the borough.

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