Charity Partners

As a “for-love-not-profit” organisation, Southampton Festivals is always trying to put its social mission into practice. That is why we look for a charity partner for SO: To Speak – so that we use the publicity and platform that the festival and its events generate to support charities that work in Southampton.

Southampton Festivals is delighted to have Dementia Friendly Southampton and the Alzheimers Society as its charity partners for So: To Speak 2017.

Our programme includes a production of Rob Gee’s play, Forget Me Not, an opportunity to enjoy Terry Pratchett who continued to write while living with dementia, and you can find out more about Dementia Friendly Southampton at Words On Wheels.

We do hope you’ll support these events, and perhaps more importantly, we hope that during the festival you’ll take a moment to think about dementia, those people who are living with it, and how we might make Southampton Dementia Friendly as a city.

In trying to make the festival as inclusive as we can, the festival will provide training for its volunteers with Demmentia Friendly Southamnpton, and we shall also be collecting reminiscences and stories from people with dementia to include in our festival anthology, which will be published later.

We are also providing an opportunity to support the work of The Alzheimers Society when you book tickets for events at the Festival.

Festival organiser, Charlie Hislop said: “We are delighted to be working with Dementia Friendly Southampton and using the festival to raise awareness. We all need to understand dementia better, make room for people with dementia in society and support them to live the best life they can. Stories, reminiscence and laughter are so much of what SO: To Speak is about, so that is another connection with what Dementia Friendly Southampton is trying to achieve. One of the stories of our Changing Times – this year’s festival theme – is how, as people live longer, dementia increasingly touches us, and forms part of the story of our lives, our families and our friends. ”