Free arts workshops for people with dementia and their carers

Aberdeenshire Council Arts Development and Alzheimer Scotland are running a series of free arts workshops in the area for people who have dementia and their family carers.

Organisers say it is important for people who have dementia and for those who look after them to continue their social life, and to keep up interests, so the workshops are a chance to try something new in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The events also aim to show that the arts are for everybody, and to encourage local artists to teach skills to a wider audience.

Susanna Paterson, dementia adviser with Alzheimer Scotland, said: “People with a diagnosis of dementia can continue to lead positive and fulfilling lives, to have fun and enjoy themselves, and to make new friends. We hope that lots of people will come along to the workshops and have a really great time.”

In the Inverurie area, the arts workshops are called Bennachie Woodland Wander and will be at the Bennachie Visitor Centre with artist Sarah Wakeford. She will take people outdoors to create artwork that will contribute to an arts trail in the forest.

Sarah’s skills include clay, willow weaving, 3d design, painting and mobile building.

She said: “If you feel a bit unsure about taking part, why not just come and see, socialise and enjoy a nice afternoon out. There will be no hiking, just some tea drinking, a gentle wander and a little creativity.”

The workshops start today (August 15) from 1-3pm and run for eight sessions throughout August, September and October. For more details contact Susanna on 01467 629292 or email