A NEW project aimed at helping people with dementia and their carers is launched in Keighley this month.

The initiative is designed to help bring out the creative side of people living with dementia, through Zoom-based activities and doorstep drop-offs.

Portfolios of materials – starting with specialist paper, inks, brushes and masking tape – will be distributed.

The scheme is being run by artists Ailsa Lewer and Carine Brosse, in partnership with Keighley Creative and Dementia Friendly Keighley.

Ailsa said: “Since the pandemic struck, we have developed ways to support people to remain in contact and to continue to be creative – using video conferencing platforms like Zoom, over the phone, through the post and by delivering packs of materials.

“This is a very different approach, but we have worked hard to make it work.

“We are delighted to be working with Keighley Creative and Dementia Friendly Keighley on this project and to support people who are living with dementia and their carers to stay in touch, be creative and – most importantly – have fun!”

Sessions will run until May and new members can join up to March.

For more details, email Gemma Hobbs on gemma@keighleycreative.org, call 07983 560273 or search Keighley Creative on social media.