Being able to make contact with people is important for every human being. Theatre Veder has developed a method for establishing contact with people who might normally have difficulty communicating or engaging in reciprocal contact. For example, people who have dementia or other cognitive impairments. We call our method the Veder Method, or in English, the Feather Method.
Contact for well-being
We are convinced that the well-being and quality of life of vulnerable people can be improved, when we make an effort to improve the way we make contact with these people and create more time to have genuine, reciprocal contact. The pain of loneliness can be softened and instead, people can feel a sense of belonging. In our practice we aim to establish moments of contact, interaction or a sense of engagement in a dignified and respectful way so all those involved can experience joy.
Our practice is based on four key principles: vulnerability, strength, ability and art.
It is our mission to pass on the Veder Method as a contact method. We do this by putting on interactive performances and through our carefully developed training programme in which we educate professional caregivers, but also volunteers and their family. It has been scientifically proven that The Veder Method has a positive effect on the lives of people living with dementia and those who take care of them.
Light as a feather
The word “Veder” in Dutch means “Feather”. Caregivers have started using the term as a verb: for them, “to veder” is to establish a form of contact between two people that should feel light as a feather to both care worker and those being cared for.