If you’re a fan of film then we think the perfect companion to our Carers ID Card is a CEA card.
CEA, which stands for “Cinema Exhibitors' Association” is a card scheme that provides free cinema tickets to carers accompanying a person with a disability to the movies.
The scheme is operated by the Cinema Exhibitors' Association, a trade body representing cinema operators in the UK and they have been running since 2004.
In this instance, the cardholder is usually the person with a disability. However, the card can be used by the carer to obtain a free ticket when accompanying the cardholder to the cinema. The card is intended to help make it easier and more affordable for people with disabilities and their carers to enjoy a trip to the cinema.
To be eligible for a CEA card, the person with a disability must have a permanent and substantial disability that means they cannot go to the cinema without the help of another person. The CEA card is available to any individual with a disability and their carers across the UK. The card is issued by the local cinema, which will require proof of the disability, and it is usually valid for three years.
Taking a loved or someone your care for to the cinema can be extremely good for wellbeing for a number of reasons. These reasons include:
It's worth noting that the benefits of cinema and the art of storytelling can vary greatly depending on the individual, and it's not a substitute for professional medical or therapeutic care. But overall, the cinema can be a fun and enjoyable way to promote mental and emotional well-being. Eligibility criteria may be updated from time to time though, at time of typing, the cardholder should be in receipt of:
If you’re eligible for a CEA card UK then we recommend you apply for one! Find out more here
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