Salford (2012)

Lois Blackburn and Philip Davenport aka, arthur+martha worked at a ‘Buddy Cafe’ for people diagnosed with dementia and their carers in Salford.  The pieces formed a collection of poems, interviews and artworks that attempted to reflect what its like living with dementia. We tried to trace paths through the jargon and confusion, towards understanding. Some of these pieces were interviews, others creative work, many of which featured in our 2018 book the warm /&/ the cold.

Our focus was to engage both carers and individuals with a dementia diagnosis to explore their own dementia journey and related areas. We worked with Dr Caroline Swarbrick from The University of Manchester who used more formal research, we hoped that this unique combination of research methods, created a rich source of material  from which to draw up recommendations for the future commissioning of service.

This project was a partnership with Age UK Salford and Salford PCT.

More information

Videos on youtube Tea or coffee?   Shirley and Ray    3 carers

Our blog site Salford

Our on-line portfolio

Tiddler’s Pond

beautiful grass it was
mum said: “There's 
your sandwiches” 
wrapped in newspaper
“and don't come back ‘til teatime”
bottle of water
Land of Hope and Glory
three brothers and three sisters
rounded up one, rounded the lot.

Pondmore's sweet factory
walk up Catherine Street and smell
there'll always 
be England
always so tasty
red, white and caramel, 
save up for
everything green with

little flowers growing around...

Ivy Fish 

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