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Havering Museum Ltd

Havering Museum is a volunteer led organisation and is a registered charity. We have over 50 volunteers who work in the museum on the Collections, exhibitions, facilitating visitors enjoyment of the museum and delivering events. Our focus is the gathering, preservation and cascading local heritage knowledge. We work with different people in the community from schools, childrens groups and providing interactive sessions for the older members of our communities, through our Variety Clubs, weekly Reminiscence Group and Photographic Club. The museum has become a community and a place where visitors continually return as they feel welcomed and valued. The museum volunteers focus on the needs of visitors and whenever possible we will enhance their visit. Visitors with special needs are catered for. Carers regularly bring in their family members or people they are caring for. Reminiscence sessions are ideal for listening and sharing for people with dementia.

29 May 2014
Arts, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Havering 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?

Havering Museum supports the community by working with the older members of the borough as we tailor events to meet their needs.  We deliver on behalf of the London Borough of Havering, Active Living Programme, fortnightly Variety Clubs for the over 50s .  This club helps people make friends, try new things or enjoy local history talks.  Our Friday afternoon fun and energetic Reminiscence sessions have been running for nearly 4 years and are designed for local people to come in and share their memories.    Powerpoint presentations are used to share pictures on many occasions.  The museum caters for groups with special needs and will organise visits to meet their requirements.  


The museum also undertakes outreach work and several of our volunteers have been working in Care Homes to entertain residents, many of who have dementia.   One volunteer team has just completed a one year project to capture the memories of residents with varying levels of dementia.


Our achievements:  visitors come early for their events, leave late and always have a smile on their face and feel valued.   One person said “You have certainly changed my life and give me something to look forward to”.


We actively support NDDAP Outcomes 5 / 6

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

The greatest challenge is for us to appreciate the varying needs of people with dementia and that of their carers.  Once we undertstand more about the condition and coping mechanisms we can then build on our current achievements in working with people with dementia in the care homes and community.

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2. Actions

  • Dementia Awarness and Facilitation Training


    It is our aim to provide training to all volunteers on dementia and how we can support visitors with this condition and their carers.   This will include general appreciation of the condition, varying ways to communicate to provide information which doesn’t confuse them.   The training will also allow us to design sessions for people with dementia which are enjoyable and fun, as part of normal events, whenever possible.





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  • Outreach Reminiscence Sessions designed for bespoke communities to allow them to enjoy their memories through music, objects and pictures.

    To build on dementia training and design sessions which are not only bespoke to the needs of people with dementia but also pass on tips for handling memory problems.


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    2014 - Second Quarter Update

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  • “Dementia Stepping Stones” will allow us to train, educate then become a Friend and Champion for Carers and People with dementia


    We need to build on the dementia training by applying it to all aspects of the museum  visitor experience to raise awareness and become part of a community hub, which supports and takes positive action.




    Initial Scoping

    2014 - Second Quarter Update

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