Glasgow Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund

Glasgow Film Theatre – ‘Movie Memories’ programme

Movie Memories is the Glasgow Film Theatre’s dementia friendly film programme. Designed to enable people affected by dementia to socialise in a safe and social environment. The programme successfully applied to the Glasgow Wellbeing Fund and received £10,000 to secure the future of this popular monthly event.

Movie Memories is its own vibrant community, centred around film. The cinema is a place where the telling and sharing of stories happen.  Cinema has a cultural significance in society. Social bonding, citizenship and community are created through a shared experience and the GFT’s Movie Memories programme creates a space for connections between people.

“Out there it’s hell, but in here it’s heaven”.

Person who brings his wife living with dementia to the GFT’s Movie Memories events.

Picture of a pair at the GFT Movie Memories event

GFT: Movie Memories – watching Whisky Galore!


The GFT told us that Movie Memories is one of their most popular accessible programmes and is created especially for people affected by dementia.  All are welcome. Their events take place monthly, on the third Thursday of the month at 11am.  All films are specially selected based on the audience, with a break mid-film that includes live music and sweet treats from Glasgow institution Glickman’s.

Lorna Sinclair, Development Manager for GFT and Glasgow Film Festivals told us:

“Movie Memories provides a safe environment for people living with dementia, their friends, family and carers.  Our volunteers, known as the Movie Memories Ambassadors, are visible from outside with their bright red sashes and glowing smiles.  On entry, the Ambassadors are there to guide our audience and put everyone at ease.  All Movie Memories screenings are relaxed, chatting is welcomed and dancing/singing encouraged!


Movie Memories was established in 2017 and our audiences are steadily returning since COVID-19.  We welcome approximately 60 people per event.


Funding from the Glasgow Mental Health and Wellbeing fund, has enabled us to continue with this well-loved programme.  A lifeline to many.”

Movie Memories includes classic and contemporary film screenings, in a safe and social environment where anyone is welcome. More than just a visit to the cinema, this programme offers an escape for both those living with Dementia, as well as their carers who also enjoy the experience and the chance to relax and do something special together. It is fantastic to see such a rewarding programme continue and hear the difference it makes.

To find out more please visit the Glasgow Film Theatre’s website.

GFT Ambassadors outside the theater

More about the Fund

The first phase of the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund saw a total of £2.7m granted to community wellbeing projects across Glasgow. Read more on our blog. The Scottish Government has also announced £15 million for second year of funding. Read more in their press release.

The Communities Health and Wellbeing fund in Glasgow was coordinated by Glasgow CVS with help from partners including: Volunteer Glasgow, Glasgow Social Enterprise Network, Glasgow City HSCP, Glasgow City Council, North West Voluntary Sector Network, Voluntary Sector North East Glasgow, Voluntary Sector Voice, West of Scotland Regional Equality Council, Glasgow Disability Alliance, Scottish Refugee Council, Glasgow Life, Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow, Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow Equality Forum, LGBT Health Scotland.

Read other case studies on the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund GCVS