Patient | Carer Community Projects
Dementia Awareness Arts Workshops

“Those with dementia are still people and they still have stories and they still have character and they're all individuals and they're all unique. And they just need to be interacted with on a human level.”

- Carey Mulligan - Actress (speaking about her personal experiences of her grandmother's dementia)

Welcome to this online resource. Learners will be able to develop their communication skills, by accessing text-based, photographic and film-based materials, as well as taking part in a collection of interactive exercises and self directed learning. This resource was created from a series of workshops held at the Inkwell Creative Minds Centre. These workshops involved Bright Sparks Theatre Arts Company, the Patient | Carer Community (PCC) and service-users from The Inkwell Creative Minds Centre, as well as students from the University of Leeds Medical School.

Learning Outcomes

  • To encourage respect and equality towards all patients; promoting attitudes which support the patient's dignity.
  • Develop learners’ empathy towards adults with dementia so they better understand the anxieties they may face. We believe that empathy is an emotion that develops through experience.


When the participants share the creative process together, it will increase the learners' understanding of the impact of living with dementia.

Art session: Part of the Dementia awareness workshops

This resource has been created and is maintained by; Nancy Davies, Learning Technologist at Leeds Institute of Medical Education, the Patient | Carer Community and the Bright Sparks Theatre Arts Company.

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