Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017

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A big thank you to everyone who donated to our Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017 to support people living with dementia in Sheffield, and to Counter Context and Quality Context for doubling public donations.

We aimed to raise £4,000 in just one week… we’re thrilled to announce that you gave a grand total of £4,863. We can’t wait for the project to start in the new year - every penny you gave will make a vital difference.

The Project – Dementia Friendly Museum and Gallery Cafés
Museums Sheffield believes that the city’s collections are for everyone, and so we’re collaborating with Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust to deliver 12 Dementia Friendly Museum and Gallery Café sessions in 2018 across four unique venues: Weston Park Museum, Kelham Island Museum, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Millennium Gallery.

In Sheffield, 6000 people are diagnosed with dementia. Aspects of socialising and remaining independent can be difficult when a person develops dementia, and people can feel isolated and unable to visit the museums and galleries they enjoy. The sessions will provide supported access for people living with dementia and their carers, companions and families to enjoy socialising and meeting new people. We will use creative approaches and Sheffield’s rich collections to enable people with dementia to unlock their talents and stories. Tailored activities including historic object handling and reminiscence will encourage participants to share their memories, and an oral history project will change perceptions about what people living with dementia can achieve.

Sheffield’s museums are for you, your family, and for everyone. This project will break down barriers to living well with dementia, and help to create a world where everyone can thrive.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is now closed. Please click here to find out how you can continue to support Museums Sheffield’s vital charitable work. 




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