People living with dementia shouldn’t have to give up the things they love, due to inaccessible or unsupportive environments – including visiting a cinema.
Film is an immersive experience which can promote activity and stimulation of the mind; be an important tool for reminiscence, and is often associated with relaxation, engagement and, above all, enjoyment.
Depot in Lewes East Sussex makes a real difference to people living with dementia in and around Lewes with its Dementia Friendly Screenings.
Experienced practitioner Suzy Harvey brings the action on screen to life in the auditorium, provoking memories and encouraging fun. Each guest is given a bag of props to immerse themselves in the films and re-engage them with the joy of cinema.
How are dementia friendly screenings different?
Working with experts, Depot’s special screenings are filled with singing, dancing and frivolity.
The auditorium lights are on a half setting throughout the film and the sound is slightly quieter. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and audience members are free to move around and come and go. There is a quiet area outside the screen for anyone who needs a break. Dementia trained Depot staff and volunteers are also on hand to help.
Depot is on Pinwell Road at the bottom of Station Street, Lewes, next to Lewes railway station. Mini buses and taxis can drop off directly outside the entrance.
Depot, Pinwell Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2JS
Enquiries: 01273 525354
Depot is a fully accessible building, with wheelchair access to all areas of the restaurant and cinemas. We have both disabled and ambulant toilets. All auditoria are fitted with infrared hearing systems. Depot can provide special headphones, or you can plug in your own hearing aid via a lanyard. There are hearing loops around the box office, food counter and in the Studio.
If you have any questions about your visit to Depot, they are happy for you to pop in to have a look around or email Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Screening dates – Tuesdays
5 June – Blue Hawaii
3 July – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
4 September – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
2 October – High Society
14:00 guests arrive (refreshments served).
Thanks to Depot for supporting Age Space Sussex with this article.