Art Dementia New Forest

New local charity takes on local art groups aimed at those living with dementia

art therapy for people living with dementiaThe Arts Groups which the Alzheimer’s Society started in 2007 are based in Milford on Sea, Lymington and Ringwood. They have been an amazing success and give tremendous pleasure not only to the artists but also their families, friends and all concerned. The production of cards, calendars and art exhibitions has sent out some positive messages that there is a life after diagnosis of dementia and that life-long learning, well-being and inclusion is all important.

Art and culture holds a unique place in our lives. Whether it's singing, poetry, museums or dance, they enrich our lives and bring pleasure to everybody at some point. This is no different for people with dementia and researchers have therefore begun to develop an increasing interest in the arts, aiming to find evidence as to how and why they may be able to help people with dementia.

Art Dementia New Forest is a new charity who have now taken over the local art groups, constituted under the “small charities commission.” The charity is going from strength to strength and wants people with dementia to be part of an art group just like anyone else.

Fortunate in being able to participate in the New Forest Show, in 2016 two of the artists were awarded a bronze and silver medal for their superb paintings.

Fundraising by Art Dementia New Forest will be continuous and any help would be welcomed. The charity aims to keep the highest quality standards and it is of the utmost importance that these are maintained. If anyone would like to consider volunteering - a rewarding and fun thing to do, do get in touch.

For more information about the Art Groups, please contact Gilda Newsham MBE, Secretary, Art Dementia New Forest on 01425 473777.


  • Milford-on-Sea Dementia Art Group is held every other Monday morning at Milford on Sea Community Centre, 9 Sea Road, Milford-on-Sea SO41 0PH
  • Lymington Dementia Art Group is held every other Monday morning at Linden House care home, New Street, Lymington SO41 9BP
  • Ringwood Dementia Art Group takes place every Thursday morning, from 10am-12noon at Trinity Centre, Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DH


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