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Dementia Craftivists are people who are living with dementia who are using their creations to make supportive and enjoyable links across communities. Our project is all about the pride in creating something yourself from scratch (whether it’s knitting, painting, song or play-writing, poetry, woodwork, or much more)… while sending, if you so choose, your own message to others.

In sharing the things we are producing with the wider world, we are demonstrating the talents, skills and resilience of people with dementia. Our overarching message is ‘We Can!’

Some of the Craftivists are helping others to learn new skills, through kits, demonstrations or tutorials. This too is sending out that message of ‘You Can Too’ loud and clear. We want to mobilise as many people as possible to get involved.

Some of the things we are making have our own messages on them too. In this way, the project can be seen as a very democratic process of ‘gentle protest’. Some of us are leaving them to be found by anyone… on a bench or on a beach. We have produced labels with the Craftivists logo (see below) which explain that this creation has been made by a person with dementia.

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Slide George Rook It’s a way of reminding people you want to be activist …
but also proving, in our case, dementia doesn’t mean
you can’t do things.
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Slide George Rook It’s a way of reminding people you want to be activist …
but also proving, in our case, dementia doesn’t mean
you can’t do things.

Slide Gail Gregory There’s a lot of concentration when I’m doing the
videos… They’re just me as I am, with my side-kick
Alzheimer’s.

Slide Gail Gregory There's a lot of concentration when I'm doing the videos... They're just me as I am, with my sidekick, Alzheimer's

Slide Dory (Teresa) Davies It just shows you what people can do dory-davies-quote

Slide Dory (Teresa) Davies It just shows you what people can do

Slide Agnes Houston It has created and stimulated, and opened
up a new world for me…

Slide Agnes Houston It has created and stimulated, and opened up a new world for me…”

Slide Jacqui Bingham I found that it really helped to calm me… I gained
confidence and I started to experiment with
other different mediums… and just really
having fun.

Slide Jacqui Bingham I found that it really helped to calm me… I gained confidence and I started to experiment with other different mediums… and just really having fun.
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The ‘Me, Myself and I’ group display their crafts