Scarborough Museums Trust

Scarborough Museums Trust is responsible for Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum. We look after and share Scarborough’s heritage, collections and their stories both in the present and for the future. Our collections include geology, archaeology; natural history and art by both local and national artists. We are currently working towards the implementation of our new strategy, which includes the following aims: • Lively and animated venues full of people engaging and enjoying. • Strong connections with communities using the Trust and it’s collections as a starting point for conversation, discussion and engagement. • An effective and efficient organisation, enthusiastic staff and new work with volunteers Since April 2014, there has been a Community Curator in post, who aims to engage a diverse range of community partners and work with disadvantaged people, including those who may struggle with access to our venues.

23 March 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Arts, Recreation, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Scarborough 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?

We hope to achieve the following points as part of our role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers:

1. Gaining Knowledge “If I develop behaviour that challenges others, people will take time to understand why I am acting in this way and help me to try to avoid it.” We would like our staff to gain knowledge about dementia, it’s causes and the effect it has on both carers and the cared for. By gaining this knowledge we hope to be able to treat people with better understanding and be able to signpost a person struggling or respond to a person in a way that makes them feel relaxed and cared for.

2. Learning what we can do to help and making changes We would like to invite a group of carers and the people they care for into our venues so that they can tell us what is difficult for them and suggest changes we could make. We will attempt to make small changes immediately, in accordance to budgetary restrictions.

3. Creating opportunities for engagement “My carer and I continue to have the opportunity to develop new interests and new social networks.” Working with established groups of carers and the cared for, we will start to initiate a series of reminiscence workshops, using our handling collection. We will also be working with partner organisations to complete poetry workshops in care homes.

4. Our venue “I feel safe and supported in my home and in my community, which includes shops and pubs, sporting and cultural opportunities.” Working with people with dementia and their carers we create special events that raise awareness of dementia to the general public. We also promote the use of participatory arts for those with dementia and share our work with similar organisations.

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

Overcoming the stigma attached the dementia will be key to educating our staff in how to deal with any matters that arise. Knowledge that they gain can be passed on to others, but actual positive experience will be the real key to unlocking prejudices and opening the pathway towards understanding and behaving appropriately.

Reaching and promoting our work to potential participants, particularly those who may be disadvantaged or socially excluded will also be a challenge. We need to be able to work with the correct partners who can signpost to us and suggest ways of approaching people who may be at risk of becoming isolated by dementia.

2. Actions

  • Training our staff

    We will work with partners to provide training on Dementia and it's effects on people. This improved understanding will reduce prejudice and improve service.


    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    All front of house staff have now taken part in training. 

  • Venue Assessment

    We will invite a group of carers and the cared for to visit our sites and feedback on how their experience could have been improved. 

    Initial Scoping
  • Forming Partnerships

    We will be seeking out partner organisations who can help to sign post, or work with us on creating projects.

    Initial Scoping
  • Creating Projects

    We would like to initiate and deliver a pilot project with a group.

    Initial Scoping
  • Changing our fonts in the Rotunda and Art Gallery

    We are about to embark on a mission to use the font fsme, which is a font approved for use by people who might struggle with reading. We will also endevour to use high contrast colours and larger font sizes which are easier to read. We believe this will improve the visitor experience for everyone.

    We are also looking into improving our signage for people with dementia.

    Being implemented