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In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available or to find out about alternative groups or services in your area.

CrossReach runs creative arts groups for people with dementia all across Scotland. These sessions are called Heart for Art.

We set up Heart for Art in 2012, and it’s been bringing joy to people affected by dementia ever since.

We know from research and our own experience that creativity stimulates conversation, aids concentration and even improves memory retention.

With pencil or paintbrush in hand, we see people with dementia expressing themselves freely and finding new ways to communicate.

In the company of art tutors and others with dementia, our artists find friendship, purpose and acceptance. As their confidence grows, so do their smiles.

Support for families and carers

Heart for Art provides an activity you can do alongside someone with dementia. At the same time it gives you a chance to take a break or speak to others in a similar situation. You can also get advice from a CrossReach Dementia Ambassador – there’s one on hand at every Heart for Art session.

Breaking down barriers

We try to exhibit our artwork as much as we can, proving the value and beauty of what people with dementia can do. This helps to break down barriers of stigma and discrimination.

Anybody with dementia is welcome along to our Heart for Art sessions. It doesn’t matter if you’ve painted all your life or you’re completely new to it. Come along and experience the creativity, companionship and self-confidence that Heart for Art provides

Edinburgh Class...

The classes are held every second and fourth Thursday at Greyfriars Charteris Centre.

Questions about costs, referrals or joining Heart for Art?

Please call Maureen Digby, Project Co-ordinator (temporary) on 01324 718674.
65+, 60 - 64
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Greyfriars Charteris Centre
138/140 The Pleasance, Newington

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Contact Details
Contact Person: Maureen Digby
Contact Telephone: 01324 718674

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This record was last modified on: 19 May 2020