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Friday, 15 April 2016

Group uses power of theatre to deliver innovative dementia training across Wales

Written by The Editorial Team

A group called Re-Live is using the power of theatre to deliver innovative dementia training aimed at the social care workforce.

The training is based around a bilingual play called Belonging / Perthyd which was written to reflect the real-life experiences of people living with dementia, their families and the working lives of health and social care workers.


Enablement teams, care workers, domiciliary care workers, care managers, domiciliary care managers, senior carers, supervisors, day care supervisors, day care workers, social workers, steering groups, strategic officers, volunteers.


Perthyn/Belonging will:

  • increase knowledge and understanding about dementia
  • remove the myths and stigma surrounding the illness
  • address the needs of Welsh language speakers with dementia
  • share knowledge about behaviour that can be ‘seen’ as challenging
  • validate the health and social care workers experience
  • explore the families perspective and new ways of working with families
  • develop trainees' confidence in connecting with a person with dementia using non verbal communication skills
  • highlight the importance of environment and routine
  • promote compassionate communication
  • demonstrate the importance of knowing a person’s life story

The play will tour Wales in May and June and you can find more information at Alternatively, you can contact Karin Diamond, Re-Live Co-Director on email: or telephone: 07900 000125.

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