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Movie Memories FAQ

What is Movie Memories?

Movie Memories is a monthly programme presenting classic and contemporary film screenings alongside a programme of multi-arts entertainment.

This programme is designed especially for people living with dementia. This encompasses people living with a type of dementia and their carers, friends and family.

With dementia aware staff and volunteers (Movie Memories Ambassadors) a safe and social environment is created where everyone is welcome.

People living with dementia play a central role in the programme delivery - Agnes Houston MBE is our Dementia Coordinator.

Movie Memories is developed and informed by a steering group which includes; GCVS Community Connectors, Dementia Carers Voices, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, DEEP network, Glasgow’s Golden Generation (formally Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association), Alzheimer Scotland and Together in Dementia Everyday (TIDE).

GFT commissioned new research by HammondCare which has revealed that Movie Memories has a significant impact in supporting people living with dementia and their carers. For every £1 of investment in Movie Memories, the social value contribution of the programme is estimated to be £4.74.

You can read more about the research and download the reports here, and read an article about how Movie Memories built a dementia-friendly film community here.

Why is this programme important?

A new case of dementia is diagnosed somewhere in the world every four seconds. This is something we can’t ignore, particularly as 34% of the 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK don’t feel part of their community, 61% felt anxious or depressed recently and 40% felt lonely. (Data from Alzheimer’s Society).

Closer to home, 90,000 people have a diagnosis of dementia in Scotland and 10% of those people live in Glasgow. Research has shown that many people with dementia grow to fear that they will no longer be socially welcome, and stop taking part in activities they enjoy.

At GFT we recognise the changes in our audiences, and understand that we need to be doing more to make sure people living with dementia - together with their family and friends - can enjoy a cinema experience in a safe and inclusive environment.

Film not only has the power to bring communities together but it is a powerful tool to improve mental wellbeing and confidence.

What can I expect at a Movie Memories event?

A welcoming and safe environment.

A social space, where conversation is encouraged.

Dementia aware staff and volunteers.

An interval with live music and free refreshments.

All tickets are £3.

Venue Access Information

All events will be seated.

The venue will have clear signage.

There is an accessible toilet.

The flooring in the cinema is short pile carpet.

The venue is well lit – the cinema stairs are lit at all times.

The venue is well ventilated.

How do I find out about upcoming events through the website?

Each month Movie Memories will present either classic or contemporary film screenings or archive screening events alongside multi-arts entertainment.

Full details of upcoming events can be found on our website homepage: Click ‘What’s On’; click 'filter results; click 'select' on the drop-down box under 'Accessibility Screenings'; scroll down and click ‘Dementia Friendly’ to automatically filter for upcoming events.

Find out what's coming up here.

How do I get to GFT?

If you are arriving to us by car or taxi there is a convenient drop off point located directly in front of the GFT. The drop off point does not have a drop curb.

The GFT does not have its own car park. The nearest public car park is Cambridge Street Car Park (G2 3HN). Open 24 hours and located off Cowcaddens Road with 9 accessible marked Blue Badge bays.

How do I stay up-to-date with Movie Memories events?

For news and updates on dementia friendly screenings and events, sign up for monthly dementia-friendly event Enewsletter here. Just sign in online through your GFT account and select dementia-friendly Enewsletter.

If you have any problems, email and we will be happy to help.

This work is supported with funding from the Glasgow Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund.

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