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In Mature Company

Dance and music in care homes around Leeds

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About In Mature Company

In Mature Company is a three-year project, part of Time to Shine, a six-year programme delivered by Leeds Older People’s Forum and funded through National Lottery Community Fund’s Ageing Better. Time to Shine takes a city-wide approach to addressing the social isolation of older people.

In Mature Company will work with 9 care homes (3 per year) between September 2018 and March 2021 to explore the impact of dance and music in reducing the loneliness and isolation of residents living with dementia.

The programme will specifically look at the impact of touch and use Dementia Care Mapping as a research tool to better understand the impact of the sessions. The project will be delivered through a range of one-to-one sessions for people within their own rooms, small group sessions and larger group sessions.

Its team of 6 musicians and dance artists will participate in training and development and deliver up to 180 participatory sessions per year. The artists are:

  • Kirsty Arnold
  • Will Fletcher
  • Tora Hed
  • Ellen Turner
  • Ozzy Moysey
  • Rachel Clarke

In Mature Company is also supported by our Dementia Care Mappers Lily Craig and Lauren Clarke. You can find out more about their work here. 


We have also released our podcast series Yorkshire Dance Presents: Dancing & Dementia which can be listened to (and downloaded) below. You can find out more about them here.



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