The Dementia Art Groups which the Alzheimer’s Society started in 2007 are based in Milford, Lymington and Ringwood. The Alzheimer’s Society are now closing all their groups nationwide and are now concentrating on research and increasing the numbers of Dementia Support Workers. This is why the new Charity Art Dementia New Forest was started in April 2017.
The Art Groups have been an amazing success and give tremendous pleasure to not only the artists but also to their families. The production of cards, calendars and art exhibitions has sent out some positive messages that there is a life after a diagnosis of dementia and that life-long learning, well-being and inclusion is all important.
Annabel Collenette leads the Milford and Lymington Art Groups and Gilda Newsham MBE leads the Ringwood Art Group. Our Charity is run totally by volunteers and all monies raised will go to developing the groups, training for volunteers and carers and establishing more groups. We are always looking for volunteers who are interested in art, it is very rewarding.
Due to the Covid 19 outbreake a decision was made in 2021 to to move the Ringwood art group to Fordingbridge.
Gilda Newsham MBE