Octagon Theatre Bolton has been awarded £5,000 by the UKH Foundation to support their work with vulnerable older people and people living with dementia.
Octagon Theatre Bolton has received a grant from the UKH Foundation, which will support the theatre to continue to provide theatre performances to people in the community who now struggle to visit the theatre.
UK Healthcare and Ambition for Ageing Bolton are supporting the Octagon Theatre’s first ever dementia-friendly performance, which will take place on Tue 9 January 2018 The Octagon will make changes to Front of House areas to ensure easier access for those with dementia, as well as changes to sound and lighting cues, and stage actions in this special performance of A Christmas Carol . Audiences can also ask for extra personal space when booking tickets to make sure they feel relaxed and comfortable. Tickets are £10 for people living with dementia, and a partner, friend, family member or carer can join them for free.
UK Healthcare will also be supporting the Octagon to undertake further work with those in the community living with dementia and their carers.. This includes the Theatre’s new ‘Stories for All’ project, which was recently piloted with actors visiting community centres, sheltered housing and residential care homes, thanks to funding by Ambition for Ageing Bolton.
The Octagon’s vision is to be a theatre for all, and with the continued support of organisations like UK Healthcare this vision is becoming a reality. The funding from UKH Foundation will enable the Octagon Theatre to create a network of 8 - 10 performance venues in local community settings for people living with dementia, working in collaboration with Ambition for Ageing, Age UK, Bolton Dementia Alliance, Bolton at Home and the Museums and Library Service.
Roddy Gauld, Chief Executive of the Octagon Theatre Bolton, says: “It is the Octagon’s aim to be a theatre for all, accessible to everyone who wants to visit the theatre, and to visit those who perhaps can’t make it to the theatre by themselves anymore. It is extremely important that we reach out to those in the community and to those who still find enjoyment in theatre and the arts, so we are thankful to UK Healthcare Foundation for their support with our very first dementia friendly performance and to Ambition for Ageing Bolton for their help getting our dementia-friendly projects up and running.”
Stephen Pugh, Chief Executive of UK Healthcare says: “UKH Foundation is delighted to support the Octagon Theatre Bolton and particularly the work it is doing to support older people and those with dementia, enabling the Octagon to present its first ever dementia friendly performance early next year”