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Shoreham’s Ropetackle becomes first Dementia-Friendly venue in the Adur district

Ropetackle dementia-friendly venue in Adur district

Shoreham’s Ropetackle becomes first Dementia-Friendly venue in the Adur district

Ropetackle Arts Centre has been recognised by the Alzheimer’s Society as a Dementia Friendly venue; the first such venue in the Adur district.

Ropetackle has been screening relaxed and friendly films – those specially designed for people with memory loss or dementia, with refreshments included and carers going free – since 2019, and are now into their third season. Alongside this, Ropetackle has been following Alzheimer’s Society guidance to create a dementia-friendly environment for visitors.

The relaxed and friendly films have proven a success. They are specially chosen to revive precious memories and feature lots of music, dance, and colour. Recent films include Singin’ in the Rain, Gigi and Summer Holiday.

The Alzheimer’s Society has provided vital support to Ropetackle throughout, including training a dedicated band of volunteers, providing guidance on creating a dementia friendly environment, and publicising the screenings.

Janice Langley, Chair – Adur Dementia Friendly Communities, recently presented Mark Phillips, Centre Manager – Ropetackle Arts Centre,  with a certificate recognising the Dementia Friendly status, and Ropetackle’s commitment to becoming more dementia friendly.

Janice Langley said: “Most of us enjoy the opportunity to appreciate the world beyond our day-to-day existence. This might be a trip to the theatre or visiting our local cinema, or it could be attending a music concert or marvelling at works of art in a gallery. Ropetackle is providing such an opportunity for the people of Adur.”

Mark Phillips said: “We are delighted to be recognised as the first Dementia-Friendly venue in Adur. It is a testament our commitment to being as accessible and inclusive as possible, and the hard work of the volunteers and film committee who have led the efforts to become dementia friendly. As the first such venue in Adur, we hope to inspire others to follow suit, as well as provide further opportunities for those with memory loss or dementia to engage with our programme and enjoy the arts.”

If you would like to sponsor the next series of Relaxed and Friendly Films, or donate to the Ropetackle Arts Centre itself, please contact Mark Phillips at for more information.

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