Gemini Print works with many community organisations and charities across the UK. Being a Business Friend and Principal Sponsor to the Ropetackle Arts Centre means involvement with their extensive programme of different arts and entertainment – especially the important focus on inclusivity.
Ropetackle Cinema’s Committee successfully bid for extra funds from the BFI (British Film Industry) and has worked with the local Alzheimer’s Society team to confirm the type of films that might be successful, as well as the correct setting to be dementia friendly.
25 volunteers, staff and Committee members attended training by Tim Wilkins of the Alzheimer’s Society. Ropetackle Arts Centre is now an official ‘Dementia Friend’. The training highlighted key aspects of life with dementia and enabled the Ropetackle team to understand more about a condition that impacts so many people.
Maria Reeves, Ropetackle’s interim centre manager, said: “We are very pleased to be able to support this initiative from the Ropetackle Cinema and look forward to seeing a number of successful screenings over the summer and beyond.”
The special Dementia Friendly screenings (please see the pilot programme below) will be once a month on a Monday afternoon, launching with Mama Mia on June 10th. Each film will have a technician in attendance plus a team of volunteer stewards to support the carers. Ropetackle Cinema won a prestigious award from the BFI (British Film Industry) to show nine films which are deemed ‘Relaxed and Friendly’ (with a focus on people suffering any form of memory loss)
This means in practice that some Ropetackle auditorium lights will remain on, and there will be a relaxed attitude to any noise. The screening will start at 2pm but there will be a cup of tea available before the film. Funding for the refreshments has been donated by Adur Masonic Lodge (with match funding from the Mason District)