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Matinée project kicks off Christmas film season

Published: 3 December 2018

A project that helps people with dementia, their carers, family and friends to tackle isolation is holding a number of events over the Christmas period.

Dementia-friendly film screening

Matinée, an Arts Derbyshire project which is funded and supported by ourselves and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, arranges dementia-friendly film screenings around the county.

With the help of staff from our public health teams, local district and borough councils and volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society and national charity Making Space, venues around the county are transformed to be more dementia-friendly – including café-style seating, warmer lighting and films played at a softer volume.

And to celebrate the festive season, Matinée is hosting a number of Christmas-themed films and events over the next few weeks, including:

  • Wednesday 5 December 2018 at St John’s Church Hall, Canal Street, Long Eaton - White Christmas
  • Monday 10 December 2018 at Trinity Church, Hardwick Mount, Buxton - A Christmas Carol
  • Tuesday 11 December 2018 at Derby QUAD - White Christmas
  • Friday 14 December 2018 at Shirebrook Village Hall, Park Road - White Christmas

Doors open from 1pm, with films starting at 1:30pm and people with dementia or memory challenges can bring along a friend, family member or carer for free. Screenings normally cost £4 (£5 to £6 in Derby city) which includes refreshments.

As part of the seasonal celebrations, Chesterfield-based supermarket Morrisons have donated mince pies to some of the festive screenings and staff encourage sing-a-longs of classic Christmas songs during the intervals. 

Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said the project is a brilliant way for people to keep active and social later on in life.

She added:

"It's very easy for people to become isolated as they get older, but Matinée aims to keep residents feeling part of society for as long as possible.

"Seeing how much people enjoy themselves once they're there and really get involved shows how much the Matinee scheme means to them."

In the past year, the project has screened 25 films over 40 events in 9 different areas of Derbyshire, including Belper, Chesterfield and Long Eaton.

Residents who need help with transport to and from screenings can get in touch with project co-ordinator Frances Watt in advance, tel: 07449 732322 or email: to discuss any support required.

Find out more about the Matinée project and see a full list of upcoming screenings.