On the 14th of April 2015, Artlink Central began delivering a new, creative, person centred arts programme called ‘The Art of Conversation’ for older people with a diagnosis of dementia still living in their own homes in the Stirling area. The workshops take place in the Cowane Centre on Tuesday mornings. People have the choice of three activities:  Making your own textile based and visual artworks, Creating and playing new music together or Sharing dance, movement and stories. The programme is supported through Awards for All Scotland, Henry Duncan AwardsLloyds TSB and The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust

The old pop song expresses it well, getting to know you, getting to know all about you
— Participant
I have formed real friendships, it is a useful and upbuilding experience
— Participant

These participatory workshops continue to create a lively, social environment for the participants,enhancing wellbeing and strengthening a sense of fellowship and belonging. We have recently started to deliver a satellite programme for people living out in the Callander area on tuesday afternoons. The programme will be running to the end of December 2015

We are really appreciative of this and feel it gives constant stimulation
— participants wife