The University of Northampton’s first Dementia Friendly Organisation Award

We are proud to have been named as the winner of The University of Northampton’s first Dementia Friendly Organisation Award, in recognition of the work we have done to make it easier for those living with dementia and their carers to attend events, at the theatre and at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse.

As part of the award, we will benefit from the free services of a University of Northampton intern to help them further shape and implement their plans to make us better serve the needs of people with dementia and their carers. The intern’s placement is co-funded by The University of Northampton’s Changemaker initiative and sponsor Santander Bank.

Our Chief Executive Martin Sutherland commented: “We are continually working to improve the welcome that we can offer to people living with dementia and their families and carers. We are proud of what we have been able to achieve so far with our regular Dementia Friendly screenings at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse – in particular our recent introduction of screenings for people living with early on-set dementia – and we are pleased that we will now be able to develop our plans further throughout the organisation with the help our new University intern. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our team members and volunteers for their work in this area – it’s great to see that work being celebrated with this award.”

Building on the success of our regular Dementia-Friendly matinee screenings over recent years, we are now programming a monthly early evening screening for people living with early on-set dementia and their families.

Dementia-Friendly screenings offer the chance for people living with dementia and their carers to enjoy a classic film in a relaxed and supportive environment.

These screenings are open to all but we extend an especially warm welcome to those living with dementia, their companions and family members. Specially trained staff are on hand and there is a short break midway through the film. There are no adverts or trailers preceding the screening but the cinema bar is open 45 minutes prior to the film, serving drinks and snacks. There is a slightly raised lighting level and reduced sound level, clearer signage to help customers find their way about and people are welcome to move about as they wish. Audience members are also encouraged to sing along to the classic musicals.

To find out more about Dementia-Friendly screenings, please  call 01604 624811, or visit www.errolflynnfilmhouse.com.