Make a difference to people living with dementia this Christmas

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This festive season, Museums Sheffield is raising funds for Dementia Friendly Museum and Gallery Cafés. Sheffield’s museums and galleries are for everyone. We are committed to playing our part in breaking down existing barriers to living well with dementia because we know that access to arts and heritage enriches people’s lives.

What are we doing?

850,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with dementia, including 6,000 people living in Sheffield. Living with dementia can be isolating, and our Cafés will provide supported access for people living with dementia and their carers, companions and families to enjoy meeting new people and socialising in our welcoming spaces.

Museums Sheffield will work with Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust to deliver 12 dementia café sessions in 2018 across 4 unique venues: Weston Park Museum, Kelham Island Museum, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Millennium Gallery. We’ll offer tailored activities including object handling and reminiscence sessions, using Sheffield’s rich historic collections to encourage participants to converse, tell stories, and share their memories.

How can you help?

Supported by Sheffield-based businesses Counter Context and Quality Context, Museums Sheffield is participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017 – the UK’s largest online match funding campaign.

The challenge will launch on Tuesday 28 November and run until midday on Tuesday 5 December.

Any donations you make online during this week could be match funded, and your gift doubled. Join us and help to raise £4,000, and you’ll make a vital difference to people living with dementia and their families.

Find more information and how to make a donation here.

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