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Monnow Valley Arts

We are a foundation that runs an arts centre, artist’s studio and sculpture gardens in Walterstone, on the South Herefordshire/South Wales borders. We run exhibitions and workshops during the season, which runs from Easter to the end of October and we run arts workshops for people with dementia throughout the year. Accessibility is high on our agenda. The centre is wheel chair accessible and has disabled facilities.

25 July 2014
West Midlands
Local Alliances:
Herefordshire 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?

From September 2014 we will be running three series of 8 weekly arts workshops for people with dementia and their families/carers. Carers can either join in with the workshop, or spend the time relaxing in the galleries and gardens.

Workshops consist of an art historical/theoretical part and a practical/creative part.

The aim of the workshops is to support people living with early stages of dementia. The workshops are an opportunity to socialise with with likeminded people living in the same community, which helps with feelings of isolation. The content of the workshops stimulate the mind and improve memory, functionality and well being.

Monnow Valley Arts has received funding from the Big Lottery fund which facilitates the workshops.

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

We have received funding for a year.

As we are based in rural South Herefordshire, our biggest challenge is to reach as wide an audience as possible for the area. Apart from continuation of the project beyond the first year, the major challenge is two-fold:

  1. reaching our target audience in this rural, spread out community
  2. our isolated location: it can be hard for some to get to us, there are no public transport links.

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2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of dementia

    The staff running the workshops have attended training and awareness sessions on dementia.

  • Reach our target audience

    We are contacting all local and regional organisations who have contact with people affected by dementia in order to make them aware of the workshops.

  • Accessibility

    Due to our rural location there is no public transport. We need to make sure transport to and from Monnow Valley Arts is organised, either through carers/family or through for example Dore Community Transport.

  • Continuity

    We need to assure we reach as many people as possible in our first year of running the weekly arts workshops in order to ascertain funding into the future.

  • Continuity

    We need to assure we reach as many people as possible in our first year of running the weekly arts workshops in order to ascertain funding into the future.