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The Lowry

The Lowry is an internationally acclaimed cultural landmark situated at the heart of MediaCity UK, one of the world's most exciting culture and media destinations. The venue is the most visited attraction in Greater Manchester, with over 800,000 people attending each year. The Lowry consistently presents one of the country's most diverse and vibrant performance, exhibition and participation programmes and continually strives to maintain its position as one of the UK's leading arts venues.

12 February 2015
North West
Hospitality, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Salford Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The Lowry brings together a wide variety of performing and visual arts under one roof. Opening its door to the best in entertainment and education in the arts, The Lowry aims to give everyone access to new areas of creativity and to embrace its broad community.

The Lowry houses three theatre spaces for performing arts (1,730, 466 and 180 seats respectively) presenting a full range of drama, opera, ballet, dance, musicals, children's shows, popular music, jazz, folk and comedy and gallery spaces (1,610 metres of floor space); showing the works of LS Lowry alongside contemporary exhibitions. A restaurant, cafes & bars are situated along the southern side of the building with spectacular waterside views. 

The layout of The Lowry encourages visitors to explore and enjoy the variety of facilities housed within it, throughout the day and evening. An open ramped route with dramatic views connects the theatre foyers and gallery spaces, forming a public promenade around the building, linking all activities. It is an exciting and stimulating venue for education, recreation and creativity. Lowry staff will endeavour to treat all visitors with dignity and respect to enable them to feel safe and supported in whatever they choose to do.

2.  What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Increasing knowledge and promoting understanding amongst all staff and volunteers will be a challenge alongside the promotion of general awareness across members of the public. Another challenge will be to identify the ways in which we can promote what we are doing for those with dementia and their carers. Ensuring information and advice on how to access the facilities and any special events available to them is easily accessible.

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2. Actions

  • Staff Training

    We have 4 Dementia Friends Champions on site who aim to train all staff and volunteers throughout 2015.

    Being implemented
  • Accessibility

    We will continually review the accessibility of our building and facilities in order to maintain a dementia friendly environment.

    Being implemented
  • Inclusion

    We held a small focus group at the launch of our Dementia Action Alliance membership and we will continue to look for ways we can promote our venue, services and activities to people with dementia and their carers.

    Being implemented