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with people affected by dementias, isolated individuals & communities since 2007

ABOUT LIVING WORDS

What's happening with us right now?

Bringing The Inside Out. Our nationwide Autumn project works with carers, residents and relatives to pilot working remotely with carers/activity coordinators, for them to trial our way of working one to one with residents. We have reached out to new care homes for this project, so that not all participants are those care homes who already know and love our work. This way, we will be able to truly evaluate the pilot and future scope of remote working. We're delighted to announce that we've received funding from Arts Council England, Kent Community Foundation, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Coronavirus Community Support Fund and The National Lottery for this. We imagine this will receive a fair amount of publicity and be good for all homes involved. Please get in touch at info@livingwords.org.uk if you would like to find out more.
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Starting on October 10th, Normal? Festival of the Brain is going to be taking us through the coming winter. Instead of a one-weekend festival, there will be events, activities, and all sorts for us to get stuck into which explore the festival themes Growing VS Knowing, Touch, and Power. We have a brand new festival website which includes all upcoming and post-event information, festival resources - things to listen to, read, write & do at home - and a Normal? archive. Check out https://www.normalfest.co.uk/ or scroll down for the link.
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Check out our new LIVING WARRIOR project and films at https://www.livingwarriorsfilms.com/ (or scroll down for the link) which were recently featured across the BBC; BBC One, BBC Kent, & BBC Big Ideas for World Suicide Prevention Day.

FIND OUR NORMAL WEBSITE HERE.
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WATCH & FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE LIVING WARRIORS FILMS HERE. 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BRINGING THE INSIDE OUT CARE HOME PROJECT, EMAIL INFO@LIVINGWORDS.ORG.UK.

FACTS & FIGURES

Places our work has appeared, includes:

Local

BBC Radio Kent

Folkestone Libraries

Folkestone Living Advent Calendar

Folkestone Fringe events

KCC, County Hall Maidstone

Normal? Festival of the Brain

Quarterhouse Folkestone

National

Alzheimer’s Society

BBC Ideas 
BBC Radio 3

British Library

Central School of Speech and Drama
Central St. Martins

Cockpit Theatre

Free Word Centre

Gallery @OXO South Bank
Middlesex University - Improbable’s 'Global Improvisation Initiative'

National Youth Choirs of Great Britain

NHS AGMs

Norwich Theatre

Nottingham University

Queen Elizabeth Hall (South Bank Centre)

Royal Academy of Music

Royal Society of Public Health conference

Salford University

Stratford Literary Festival

Tabernacle London

Toynbee

UK Dementia Congress

Wellcome Collection

Westminster Council House

International

British Council, Taiwan

National Theatre of Taiwan (NTCH)

AIN at Alan Alda’s Centre for Communicating Science, New York

 

Our partners and funders have included:

Local

Alzheimer's Society Ashford, Creative Folkestone, Folkestone Fringe, Folkestone Libraries, Folkestone Town Council, Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Hythe Dementia Awareness Forum, Kent County Council, Kent Community Foundation, KMPT NHS, Medway Council, Martello Fund, Profound Sound Festival, Walker Construction

National

Arts Council, Arts 4 Dementia, Created Out of Mind - UCL Dementia Research Centre/Wellcome, Danuta Lipinska, English PEN, FHCLCT, Mandy Barnet Associates, Resonate Arts, The Sick of The Fringe (now Something To Aim For), Wellcome, Westminster Memory Service 

International

British Council, East Side Institute, New York

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365+ Living Words Books

People who work one-to-one with one of our Living Words writers will co-create and receive a copy of their own Living Words book. Staff and family also receive a copy, and we are able to share the book with family and friends, as a pdf. Plus we have so far published 2 anthologies - 'The Things Between Us', and 'Living Warriors'.

 

34+ Productions, Films, Podcasts...

Helping our participants’ words reach a wider audience, we take their words and place them centre stage in our productions in theatre, performance, film, radio, installation and through our upcoming podcast venture. Check out our most recent set of films - Living Warriors.

250+ Live Events

Co-creating ‘Normal? Festival of the Brain’, we’re proud to work alongside Creative Folkestone and Folkestone Fringe to bring this festival to Kent. Watch this space for more info about the new 2020/21 programme.

 

What Else?

In 2018 we formed a partnership with East Kent arts organisations Ideas Test, Folkestone Fringe, Future Foundry and Moving Memory. Their work is also focussed on social impact and so, led by Mandy Barnet Associates, we explored the best way for us all to evaluate our own work, in a way that also speaks to commissioners. Initially funded by KCC, this work became Culture Cubed evaluation guidelines. We look forward to sharing this way of working with organisations across the UK. #IsYourCultureCubed?

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About us

Arts and literature charity working with people experiencing dementia and isolated people.

Call us: +44 (0)7967 502 506
Call us: +44 (0)7967 502 506
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