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NEWS: Funding award helping to keep it reel for people with dementia

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The Glasgow Film Theatre and Regional Screen Scotland have been awarded a total of £130,000 to become dementia friendly.  The funding will be used to bring the magic of the silver screen to people affected by dementia across Scotland.

The Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) has been awarded £100,000 and will offer monthly ‘Movie Memories’ film screenings at its cinema in Central Glasgow, as well as other multi-arts events across the city.  

Regional Screen Scotland, has been awarded £30,000.  Regional Screen Scotland specialise in community and local cinema provision across the country, especially where communities or individuals are isolated or at a disadvantage.

Jaki McDougall, CEO at Glasgow Film Theatre said “Developing a dementia friendly community with cinema at its heart is a vital commitment for GFT, and will be championed by all our volunteers, staff and board. In a time of social austerity, endeavouring to achieve our ‘Cinema for All’ ethos has never been more crucial. We are so thankful to the Life Changes Trust for enabling us to create this exciting social programme of film screenings and interactive arts events, designed for people living with early to mid-stage dementia, their families and/or carers. Our vision is to build a lifelong dementia aware cinema community; a social space that recognises people’s needs and is a welcoming safe space for entertainment and stimulation.”

Regional Screen Scotland’s Director Robert Livingston said “Regional Screen Scotland is delighted to have the support of the Life Changes Trust, which will enable our successful trial of activities with Alzheimer Scotland to be developed into a year-long pilot programme to work with cinemas and film groups across Scotland, so that the power of the movies can be tapped to bring pleasure and prompt memories for those living with dementia and similar conditions.”

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