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Lottery funds £10k for dementia art therapy

Lottery funds £10k for dementia art therapy

Sunday 13 February 2022

Lottery funds £10k for dementia art therapy

Sunday 13 February 2022


Proceeds from the CI Lottery are helping fund art and music therapy for people affected by dementia.

Dementia Jersey have been awarded £9,583.

Since 2021, half of the proceeds from the CI Lottery have been awarded to the “arts, culture, heritage sports and science sectors” via the Jersey Community Foundation. Dementia Jersey, previously known as Jersey Alzheimer’s Association, have successfully applied for a grant to help continue their weekly art therapy activities.

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Pictured: An art and music therapy session, claimed to not only improve the well-being of those living with dementia but also offering respite for carers in attendance.

Over 1600 people in Jersey have been diagnosed with some form of dementia. Painting is thought to be valuable for helping people living with dementia to communicate non-verbally and listening to music or singing songs is believed to have the potential to provide emotional and behavioural benefits.

Susie Kelly is a volunteer and Activities Co-ordinator at Dementia Jersey.  “Musical memories are often preserved in dementia when other types of memories are lost,” said Susie, “and painting and drawing allow for the power of imagination which can make people living with dementia to feel more connected to the world and those around them.”

“We have had an incredibly positive response to the activities so far and are looking forward to continuing to provide these facilities to deliver real and noticeable benefits to all those who attend.”

Anna Terry, CEO of the Jersey Community Foundation, showed her support for the grant. “We are delighted with the way that Jersey Dementia is using the arts to help people living with dementia to express themselves and stimulate their minds, as well as providing an enjoyable and safe space for them and their carers,” said Anna. 

“The CI lottery proceeds are there to benefit the whole of our island community.”

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