The Hope of Spring Project - 3 July 2018
During May, the artist Luned Rhys Parri lead an art project at Yr Ysgwrn.
People who have developed dementia from an early age took part. They are part of the specialist nurse, Mari Ireland's walking group and the Authority have been assisting with the walks for around two years now.
Grants were received by Age Cymru, Gŵyl y Gwanwyn and Magnox' socio-economic scheme in addition to a contribution by Snowdonia National Park Authority.
Attendees spent 5 days over the course of the month using wires, paper and peint to create personal dioramas.
The weather was favourable on the whole and everyone was inspired by the glorious surroundings and Luned's joyful vibe. There was a great warmth between the group - which was helped by the odd cuppa and chocolate cake here and there!
A short film will be developed by Ffilmiau Meical and the aim is for it to be shown during a meeting of the North Wales Dementia Network.
The art pieces will be shown at Yr Ysgwrn, Ysbyty Alltwen and at Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw.
Everyone found the experience great fun - this is the response from Jane Picken who attended with her husband John;
"John has found new activities difficult since developing dementia. It's been an honour to be part of this project. It was great fun from the start, people with dementia need to have fun since it can be quite a lonely illnes and we discovered a talent we did not know existed! We have had memories that will last a lifetime as well as a very special piece of art."
Thanks to everyone who contributed to ensure the success of the project.