An exhibition of photographs that aims to show people can still live well with dementia and experience joy in their lives has opened at Barnstaple Library.

The Filo Project's new exhibition of pictures aims to show people can still live well with dementia. Picture: Hannah Maule-ffinch The Filo Project's new exhibition of pictures aims to show people can still live well with dementia. Picture: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Knowing Otherwise is a collaboration between The Filo Project and photo-journalist Hannah Maule-ffinch and shows happy images of clients who attend day care through the project.

The Filo Project is a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in day care for people with early to moderate dementia and works to combat loneliness and isolation.

It runs sessions across North Devon and beyond for around 650 clients, including in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, South Molton and Torrington.

The idea is that clients spend ‘a day with friends’, enjoy lunch and social interaction as well as trips out.

The Filo Project's new exhibition of pictures aims to show people can still live well with dementia. Picture: Hannah Maule-ffinch The Filo Project's new exhibition of pictures aims to show people can still live well with dementia. Picture: Hannah Maule-ffinch

They are usually in small groups of no more than four people and will spend a day at the home of their ‘host’, with transport provided to make it accessible for those who are geographically isolated.

The Knowing Otherwise exhibition is at Barnstaple Library until May 4 and then moves on to South Molton Library from May 14 and will also be at Bideford Hospital.

Filo Project director, Dr Liz Dennis, said the pictures were positive images of people in later life and celebrated the work of The Filo Project.

She said: “We, and the photos represent this, prove that it is possible to live well with dementia and meaning and joy are absolutely achievable.

The Filo Project provides day care for people with early to mid dementia in a sociable family setting. Picture: Hannah Maule-ffinchThe Filo Project provides day care for people with early to mid dementia in a sociable family setting. Picture: Hannah Maule-ffinch

“Our exhibition aims to shift perspectives of living with dementia, as well as highlight the need to provide very personalised and normalised support which fosters the development of social relationships and helps to enhance a positive sense of identity.

“The term ‘knowing otherwise’ is an opportunity to see difference as potential wisdom instead of something to be changed or fixed.

“At a stage of life where many older people find themselves often lonely and isolated The Filo Project provides a place where clients can engage in valued and valuable social roles.

“To spend a day with The Filo Project is to be part of a day which is warm and manageable and in which care is not hurried.”

The Knowing Otherwise pictures by Hannah Maule-ffinch  show older people enjoying life. Picture: Hannah Maule-ffinchThe Knowing Otherwise pictures by Hannah Maule-ffinch show older people enjoying life. Picture: Hannah Maule-ffinch

Find out more about The Filo Project at www.thefiloproject.co.uk or call 0333 939 8225.