Supporting Older People through the arts

Posted on 18 May 2016

This week is National Dementia Awareness week (15 -21 May), run by the Alzheimer’s Society, it aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition. As part of the campaign we ran Dementia Friends Information Sessions and a Singing for the Brain workshop – which nearly 80 people attended!

Taking part in campaigns like this isn’t the only way in which the Belgrade Theatre support the growing over 50 population of Coventry and Warwickshire, we also:

  • Offer a weekly drama group for people aged 50 and over, Shine On. Giving older people in Coventry a voice, Shine On is an opportunity to share stories through participating in a variety of drama activities.
  • Received funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to extend our Arts Gymnasium project to include 2 new stands – Living Well, will be tailored to meet the needs of people living with early onset dementia and their carers and families and Reaching Out, which focusses on working with those who are isolated and from the least arts-engaged communities within the city, promoting positive well-being and connectivity within Coventry.
  • Offer discounted tickets for Senior Citizens
  • Have an accessible building and productions
  • Are working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Organisation, and we will soon be joining the Dementia Action Alliance

If you would like to support our work with the Over 50’s community in Coventry & Warwickshire please visit

The Belgrade Theatre Trust is a registered charity (number 219163). This means that all the money given, raised or earned is not distributed as profit but kept and reinvested in the work that we do. For more information please speak to a member of staff or visit