Lancaster Dukes hosts New Year memory project

A Life More Ordinary will provide a programme of cultural activities for people with dementia and their families.
A Life More Ordinary will provide a programme of cultural activities for people with dementia and their families.

The New Year will see a range of new free events at The Dukes in Lancaster for people with dementia.

The first session of the new programme is Map of Memories and takes place on January 15 from 2.30pm to 4pm.

People with memory problems, their families and friends are invited to look at images of local landmarks from yesteryear and share stories to create a Map of Memories. Other events planned for the spring include a Tea Dance on February 25 and the formation of a new choir meeting weekly in March for a good sing song.

All these events are part of The Dukes A Life More Ordinary(ALMO) project which has been running for more than 18 months and recently received a £200,000 funding boost to continue and develop over the next three years.

ALMO gives people living with dementia more choice, control and greater access to leisure and cultural opportunities at The Dukes and potentially 15 other venues nationally to benefit around 5,000 people.

There are chances to learn new skills at the ALMO sessions but the emphasis is on having fun.

For more information on forthcoming ALMO events, check The Dukes website www.dukes-lancaster.org. To be added to the ALMO mailing list, email lcope@dukes-lancaster.org

ALMO is managed by The Dukes, Age UK Lancashire and The Centre for Ageing Research at Lancaster University. It is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Rayne Foundation, Film Hub North West Central, The Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Trust and The Elspeth J Thompson Charitable Trust.