News: Churchill Fellow recognised with National Dementia Care Award

Published: 21 Jan 2019

News: Churchill Fellow recognised with National Dementia Care Award

Churchill Fellow Nicky Taylor’s pioneering festival of theatre, dementia and hope, Every Third Minute, has won a National Dementia Care Award.

The awards, which took place in November 2018 in Brighton, recognise excellence and innovation throughout the UK for people living with dementia. Every Third Minute, which was held at Leeds Playhouse in February and March 2018, was the first theatre festival of its kind curated by people living with dementia and their supporters.

The seven-week festival, attended by over 7,500 people, was made up of 11 productions, including three new plays co-written by people living with dementia, four training programmes, 16 workshops and a tour of care homes. Its award was for Outstanding Arts and Creativity in Dementia Care.

Video: watch a short film about Every Third Minute

The Festival grew out of Nicky’s Fellowship in 2014, when she visited the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to explore the role that theatre and the arts can play in the lives of people with dementia. WCMT Chief Executive Julia Weston attended the festival and gave a speech on the benefits of applying for a Fellowship.

The festival enabled Nicky to host one of the contacts she met during her Fellowship. Joan Williamson, from Milwaukee, USA, travelled to the festival to train UK-based facilitators in TimeSlips, an internationally renowned storytelling technique developed by academic Anne Basting, who has hosted several Churchill Fellows. Joan said:

“It was such an honour to be part of the amazing, ground-breaking Every Third Minute festival.  I couldn't think of a better place to conduct TimeSlips' first-ever in-person Facilitator Training with Certification.”

Nicky commented on her award:

“We are absolutely over the moon to be recognised by the National Dementia Care Awards. The festival showed that by meaningfully involving people with dementia as equals in creative decision-making it is possible to change the stories we tell about dementia.”

Below: Curator Pete Grogan performing at Every Third Minute

Curator Pete Grogan performing at Every Third Minute

Top picture: Nicky Taylor (second from right) and curators of the Every Third Minute festival with their National Dementia Care Award

Read Nicky’s blog post about Every Third Minute

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