Dementia Awareness Day – Chapter Arts

The LAUGH project was invited to be a part of the Tinted Lens festival at Chapter in Cardiff.  The festival took place on Dementia Awareness Day, 17th May 2017 #DAW2017.

The event celebrated Dementia Awareness Week with Dementia Friendly screenings, theatre and drop-in craft workshops, a Virtual Reality experience and guest speakers.

We ran a ‘Hand i Pocket funshop’, inviting people to come along and create a sensory textile pocket for someone living with dementia.  During the day, many pockets were made either for a specific friend or family member, or to be donated to somebody with dementia.

University of Wolverhampton public lecture

Recently, Cathy was invited to give a public lecture at the University of Wolverhampton.  Cathy talked about the LAUGH project and the Compassionate Design methodology that underpins the work.

Cathy was invited by Prof Kristina Niedderer, who leads the MinD research project: Designing for people with dementia, designing for mindful self-empowerment and social engagement.

The lecture series was organised by FoArts research at the University of Wolverhampton.

Designing for dementia symposium, QUT Brisbane

Cathy has presented the LAUGH research at the international Design for dementia symposium at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.  The symposium invited researchers from around the world to discuss how design can improve the lives of people living with dementia.  The symposium was supported by the MinD project (Designing for Mindful Self-Empowerment and Social Engagement) at QUT Design Lab.

Made in Pen-y-bont

Jac spoke about CARIAD’s Sensor e-Textiles and Hand i Pocket research at Made in Pen-y-bont.  The event was organized by Bridgend REACH (part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities Development Programme) to promote social inclusion through craft activities.

Keynote at the MinD symposium

The LAUGH research was presented by Cathy at her keynote at the 1st MinD symposium at Europe House, London.  The MinD research consortium are designing for people with dementia through mindful self-empowerment and social engagement.  The symposium brought together researchers, designers and healthcare professionals involved in designing for people living with dementia to discuss current approaches.  Read more about the symposium here