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Local projects

The Royal Shakespeare Company: dementia-friendly performances

Rica's third local research project took the form of a visit to a relaxed performance of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, by eight members of the Redditch DEEP group ‘Friends Together’ and five of their friends and partners. The Royal Shakespeare Company has been providing performances for audiences with different access needs for many years, including (since 2013) ‘relaxed’ performances aimed at children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. The visit took place in August 2016.

Read about the visit to the Royal Shakespeare dementia-friendly performances here

Leeds Citybus's NextStop Announcement - good for people with dementia?

Rica's second local project involved people living with dementia finding out how much the NextStop Announcement system installed on Leeds Citybus vehicles could improve their journeys. Members of a local Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) group called Face It Together worked with Rica on the research project, which was carried out in January 2016.

Read the Leeds Citybus's dementia research report here

Mystery Shop of the Rochester Huguenot Museum

Rica's first local project was with members of the Kent-based Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) group Memorybilia who visited the Huguenot Museum in Rochester ‘anonymously’ in October 2015.


Read the Rochester Hugenot Museum research report here


Read the press release here.





Last updated: January 2017

See also: Rica's research reports | Research case studies | Dementia Research