In 2005 in response to seeing how dementia affects the ability of people to enjoy traditional media, Helen Bate established Pictures to Share as a Social Enterprise.
Following detailed research and development the former illustrator of books for children published the first three titles with the support of charitable sponsors.
Such was the success of those she was able to obtain major funding and support from the Andrews Charitable Trust to continue and develop the organisation extensively.
Pictures to Share addresses the fact that Dementia causes the decline in intellectual abilities so meaningful verbal communication becomes more difficult. Conversation becomes limited to fewer and fewer subjects and often just goes round in circles as the condition limits topics to talk about.
Pictures to Share offer a range of books on subjects such as sport, humour and proverbs and sayings alongside a range of provoking traditional wall pictures.
Fiona Phillips the GMTV presenter is well known for her thoughts and writings regarding her Mothers dementia and this is what she says about the books from Pictures to Share.