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Glyndebourne’s Dementia Friends
Glyndebourne is continuously working to make sure every visit is as enjoyable as possible for everyone.
Earlier this year Carla Webb and Alice Bridges, from our Customer Services team, went on a course with the Alzheimer’s Society. Carla explains ‘It was incredibly enlightening and a complete eye-opener for someone like me, who previously didn’t have any real knowledge of dementia. I had heard of the Alzheimer’s Society but wasn’t aware of their ‘Dementia Friends’ initiative.
‘They’re passionate about making sure people understand the facts, which helps dispel negative assumptions about living with dementia. More importantly they provide the tools to create awareness and encourage people to make a positive difference by, amongst other things, being kind and patient whenever you encounter someone who may need support.
‘Since attending the course Alice and I have become Dementia Friends Champions and have now trained the Front of House staff.’
When you visit, you may see staff wearing a small blue badge which indicates that they’ve joined Carla and Alice in becoming a Dementia Friend.
10 years of Raise your Voice
Photo: Sam Stephenson
The education department run Raise Your Voice each year for local people living with dementia and their carers. Supported by volunteers we’re delighted to be entering our tenth year.
The theme is always an opera from Glyndebourne’s current Festival or Tour repertoire. Raise Your Voice sessions include lots of singing, some drama, art and craft, as well as time to chat over tea or coffee.
‘I’d like to say how important it is for all of us, it makes one’s life a lot happier’ RYV participant
Along with becoming a Dementia Friendly organisation Glyndebourne is always looking to improve our service to anyone with special requirements.
If you have an enquiry or suggestion please get in touch via the Membership team.