Sundown Stories: a dementia friendly project
Stories to make you smile
The pandemic has been hard for everyone, but especially for persons living with dementia. As winter loomed, we wanted to do something special to help those experiencing the anxiety/ distress that can come from sundowning.
Sundown Stories is a series of short stories adapted for film for anyone who might enjoy a calming and relaxing story. The stories, written by and for persons living with dementia, are delivered in a calming environment, a gentle pace and soothing tone.
Over the last few weeks, we have delivered workshops in collaboration with residents, carers and staff from Crossreach - The Elms Nursing Home, Sharing a Story CIC and Dunbar Dementia Carers Group. Together they have created short stories and poems which we have adapted for film thanks to filmmaker Oliver Benton, storyteller Adam Robertson, BSL performance interpreter Amy Dawson.
A new film is published on our Youtube account every Monday. We will also be sending DVD to care homes, which will include both subtitled and BSL-interpreted versions. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Special thanks to everyone who shared their creativity and 'snippets of their life stories' with us. This project has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.