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Hemsworth Court residents enjoy theatre treat

2nd March 2016

Tenants of Belfast’s Hemsworth Court, a supported housing scheme for people living with dementia, enjoyed a night at the theatre as part of a community initiative run by Benenden.  

The tenants enjoyed a pre-show evening meal before settling back to watch the local Belvoir Players’ performance of drama ‘Brighton’.

Tracy Smyth, Activity Co-ordinator at Hemsworth Court said, “Tenants are proactive within the local community and have demonstrated that people living with dementia can have full and active lives when provided with the appropriate support. It is essential that tenants are engaged in community activities and functions, and they thoroughly enjoyed the recent ‘Brighton’ performance kindly facilitated by Benenden.

“Many of our tenants state that accessing the various arts events in the community has been life changing for them. Participation in activities including the creative and performing arts is not only just good fun, but has a positive impact on physical and mental well-being and provides opportunities to be socially active.

“Tenants are empowered to have a voice and are keen to avail of events that will increase opportunities to be part of the local community. It has been a privilege to partner with Benenden and we are very grateful for the funding kindly granted to enable the tenants to participate fully in this local art event.

“It makes a real difference to have the support of organisations like Benenden, who can help us fund a range of events for tenants, so I’d like to thank them for their support.”

Paul Keenan, Head of Communications at Benenden said: “When we were approached by Hemsworth Court we thought this would be an opportunity to partner with the supported housing facility that specifically supports people who live with Dementia. February can often be a low period in the year for everyone following the high of Christmas & New Year activities, and this proved to be a welcomed and successful event that Benenden has been able and happy to fund.

“The donation is part of Benenden’s programme to actively seek out small-scale community projects or activities to provide support through one-off donations or grants, and a night at the theatre for Hemsworth Court tenants seemed like an ideal project for us to help as part of this initiative. 

For more information about Benenden’s community grant initiative please contact community@benenden.co.uk

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