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Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (ROAR)

ROAR was established in 2005 by a small group of committed professional artists who had a vision of a thriving and collective Arts Community in Rotherham. The founders were determined to promote the Arts as a valuable and beneficial aspect of community life, by providing opportunities for local people to enjoy high quality creative and cultural experiences. This is how ROAR began and continues the journey to ensure the Arts Sector is an integral part of Rotherham’s community, social and economic growth. Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (ROAR) was born, and has become the first independent Arts infrastructure organisation and the first national portfolio organisation (NPO) for the Arts Council, in Rotherham.

7 October 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Local Alliances:
Rotherham 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?

Roar will strive to include people with dementia and their carers in any work that is done within Rotherham that could enhance their experience of living within the community – acknowledging the national aim to create dementia friendly communities nationally.

Looking for ways to involve PWD( People With Dementia ) and their carers and also looking for creative outlets that ROAR could play a part in   e.g Gaining knowledge about

 South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition


Promoting knowledge about Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance and Dementia Awareness within the different organisations and individuals we work with.

Encouraging art and the arts  to be used in a positive way for PWD  




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

Keeping dementia and promotion of Dementia Friendly communities on our agenda despite this not being an obvious part of our role              

Member website


2. Actions

  • Knowledge of Dementia Action Alliance

    Ensure all our team knowledge of the concept of Dementia Action Alliances /Dementia Friendly Communities

  • Dementia Friends

    All become Dementia Friends

  • Promotion of RDAA

    Active promotion of the DAA concept to others

  • Dementia Awareness

    Ensure all the team /workforce gain Knowledge about dementia and how dementia affects people

  • Use of Arts

    Consider ways Art can be used to enhance the lives of People with dementia  and their carers