The Atkinson in Southport is Sefton's primary arts and cultural venue consisting of: Two theatres Art Gallery Museum Cinema Cafe Library & Information Service Meeting rooms Learning Rooms Workshop spaces Permanent collections of decorative and fine art, Egyptology and local and social history
- 17 October 2017
- North West
- Arts, Health, Hospitality, Local Authorities, Recreation, Retail, Schools, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Sefton DAA
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 Atkinson embeds health, wellbeing and learning across all of its facilities; promoting, signposting and programme sharing with a number of partners that include The Alzheimer's Society, Age Concern, Public Health, Merseycare, CVS and the Living Well Centre. The Atkinson's front line staff have received Dementia Friends Awareness sessions from two on-site Dementia Champions and together with Sefton Library Service continues to deliver sessions to new members of staff, volunteers and partners' staff. The Atkinson's facilities are fully disability compliant on all levels and have been designed to be accessible for those with complex needs including those with dementia. The Atkinson programmes a number of activities and opportunities for those with dementia and their carers including bespoke museum and exhibition tours and talks, creative workshops, as well as dementia friendly activities such as Tea & Tunes and reminiscence group sessions. The Atkinson offers opportunities for arts and library based volunteering. The Atkinson can provide memory and loan boxes to local care homes and day centres.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
Raising awareness of dementia and how staff can help make attending activities at the Atkinson more accessible.
Implementing training at appropriate times for a workforce as deiverse as the Atkinson's.
The Atkinson will ensure that all front line staff continue to be trained in Dementia awareness and the needs of visitors with complex needs. This training will be ongoing and may be both in-house and through additional specialist trainers when required
The Atkinson will be creating user forums to include those with dementia and their carers, ensuring that our facilities and programmes are appropriate and inclusive.
The Atkinson will maintain its strong relationship with Alzheimer's Society and Age Concern, providing further opportunities for joint programming and promotions whenever possible.
Keep informed of DAA events and stay aware of initiatives for signposting.
Keep up to date with current DAA partner initiatvies to enable frontline staff to signpost customers on effectively.
- Being implemented