The Living Room – Dementia Project @spudWORKS

NFBP member SPUD needs help to raise funds for a new project at their base in spudWORKS, Sway.

The Living Room is a workshop space, purpose designed and equipped to offer people living with dementia, and their families, the opportunity to work creatively with artists.

It aims to offer a positive, safe and pleasant environment for people to take part in arts activities with artists using a variety of materials. We want to offer a source of happiness and enjoyment for those living with dementia. We want them to feel valued, part of something bigger and to enrich their world. We will place an emphasis on the pleasure and benefits of sharing experiences in the moment and creating positive memories for family members.

Mark Drury, Director of SPUD said: “Many of us have been affected by dementia, my own family included.  We want to help make a difference for the families as much as for their loved one living with dementia. If The Living Room project helps create a moment of happiness and positive new memories for them then the project will have achieved its goal.”

The recent refurbishment of the former ArtSway Gallery as spudWORKS has brought together a group of businesses and artists to establish a vibrant, new creative community.

The last building at spudWORKS to be developed is a disused brick water tower.  This deceptively large building sits amongst beautifully landscaped gardens and adjacent to the new artist studios. It has the potential to become a dedicated space for people living with dementia and their families to use as a creative studio space.

The proposal is to retain the brick-skin of the water tower and add a lightweight timber structure to the centre, with a viewing deck above. The new structure will be designed specifically to be accessible and feel safe and welcoming for those living with dementia.  Careful consideration will be given to sound, colour, textures and features to ensure the space works for a wide range of people and is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of activities.


SPUD is now actively fundraising for £100,000 to build The Living Room and have it open and ready by early 2021.  There are lots of ways to help out though sponsorship – you can contact the team at SPUD or make a direct donation.

How to DONATE:

​SPUD have teamed up with The Good Exchange to fundraise for the The Living Room.  Follow this link: DONATE HERE  By using Good Exchange it will encourage others to fundraise for the project and you will also be able to Gift Aid your donation, adding up to 25% to every donation.

Alternatively you can make a payment directly to SPUD via PayPal using or through BACS/Cheque/Cash.

For more details please email or call 01590 682260.


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