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Heart for Art


Heart for Art's initial funding award was for £230,000, to run from April 2015 to March 2018, and they were awarded a further £61,000 for the period of April 2018 to March 2020.

The ‘Heart for Art’ project, run by Crossreach, the Church of Scotland Social Care Council, is a creative arts group which offers opportunities for people living with dementia and their carers to learn new or reawaken existing artistic skills, build confidence, and develop social relationships through creative arts, as well as providing access to support and advice. 

Because of the stigma associated with dementia, many people living with dementia stop taking part in activities that may have given them pleasure in the past, or which allowed them to mix with their peers. Others believe that, because of their dementia, they will be unable to learn a new skill. Initiatives like ‘Heart for Art’ challenge this stigma and bring people together in a dementia friendly community of interest where they have opportunities to be part of something that is meaningful to them. Through the medium of the arts and creative workshops, they can express themselves and connect with others. 

The project has made an enormous difference not only to improving the lives, confidence and well-being of those who attend, but also to the communities in which they are based, breaking down stigma, promoting positive images of people living with dementia and truly involving a cross generational community of support and respect, from churches to schools. 

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

Read more about Crossreach Heart for Art