A KEIGHLEY community group is setting up an arts and crafts class for people with dementia and their carers.

Artist Gemma Hobbs will hold an open session on October 28 for anyone interested in joining the classes organised by Keighley Dementia Friendly.

The open session will be at Dementia Friendly's unit in the Airedale Shopping Centre from 1.30pm to 3pm.

It will help Gemma get a feel of what people would like to do in the class, such as drawing, painting or craft work, before she sets up a programme.

Dementia Friendly trustee Maggie Marsden said: "Gemma has lots of ideas for different creative work. Sessions could include painting, collage work, clay moulding and printing, as well as making seasonal creations such as Christmas pom-poms!

''She wants to meet those interested in attending the class to find out what they would like to do. Anyone interested in the classes should pop along October 28 to have a chat with her. She would love to hear people's ideas."

The classes will run from November at Keighley Creative Space, in the former Sunwin House and Home department store on Hanover Street, where Gemma is the resident artist.

The project is funded by the National Lottery's Building Communities Fund.

Anyone interested in the classes who cannot go along on October 28 should call Dementia Friendly Keighley on 07452 773788 or email info@dementiafriendlykeighley.org.uk.