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Centrestage's initial funding for their ‘Gie It Laldy’ project was for £340,000, to run from April 2015 to March 2018, and they were awarded a further £59,000 from April 2018 to March 2020.

For many people who have a reduced ability to communicate as a result of dementia, music can play a key therapeutic role in enabling them to regain connection with others.

‘Gie it Laldy!’ aims to create conversations and connections through musical themed memory activities.  Centrestage have created dementia friendly musical theatre environments and productions to really engage and involve people living with dementia.  They use music to facilitate companionship, entertainment and community in a positive, supportive space and run tailored sessions for people with dementia, including reaching those who are unable to attend a theatre venue. They also support the participation of people with dementia, their families and carers in engagement with young people and local schools, building relationships across the generations.

There have been many positive outcomes for people affected by dementia in the community – there has been the creation of cross-generational and community networks that reduce the feelings of isolation experienced by carers and family members alike when supporting dementia. All participants are valued as individuals within their community, and are never labelled. And participants are given agency to decide what they want to do, and how they want to shape their own experiences. 

Read our Dementia Friendly Communities Reports and Toolkit by searching for them on our publications page.

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