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Culture Coventry

Culture Coventry operates the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry Transport Museum (and the heritage sites the Lunt Roman Fort, Priory Visitors Centre and the Old Grammar School). We actively engage our communities with our exhibitions and events providing welcoming and inclusive recreational spaces in the city. We see the arts and heritage activities we provide as a way of supporting health and well being in our visitors and local communities.

Updated:
5 July 2016
Location:
West Midlands
Sectors:
Arts, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Coventry and Warwickshire 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?

Culture Coventry and its arts and heritage sites offer a range of arts and heritage activities in supportive environments for people with Dementia and their carers.

Our yearly events and exhibitions program can help people to feel part of the community and civic life and have somewhere welcoming to go. We also have specific events and activities for groups who can’t make it to our sites - we can visit them with museum objects and have an enjoyable learning and sharing experience.

We have also created resources for people Dementia and their families in our series of books Coventry at Work and Clocking on based on the Pictures to Share model. We also work on intergenerational projects encouraging respect and mutual understanding within the older peoples and young people’s groups we work with.

We are planning to research the benefits of intergenerational work on health and well being in partnership with Coventry University. We are currently working on developing specific arts and heritage activities for people with Dementia and their carers to enjoy together.

We are also developing culturally specific dementia resources and activities for people from the South Asian community and if successful hope to replicate the model for our Irish and Caribbean heritage communities. 

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

In a climate of ever shrinking resources we face the challenge of producing sustainable activity where the cost is fully covered by external funding, commissioning or the participant themselves.  Creating the time and covering the cost of relieving all front facing staff to take part in the Dementia Friends training is also a challenge. 

Member website

www.theherbert.org

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends Training

    Organise Dementia Friends training for our front facing staff at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Coventry Transport Museum.  

    Status:
    Being implemented

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    We delivered Dementia Friends traning for our volunteers and staff in Q1 of 2016. We are delivering the next round of traning in Autumn 2016

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Dementia Friends training for our front facing staff at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Coventry Transport Museum will take place in Autumn 2016. 

    We have organised Dementia friends training for our volunteers and cafe staff in Jan-Feb 2015.  

  • Develop activity at our sites for people with dementia and their carers to enjoy together

    We are working with local contacts (care givers, health professionals, Alzheimer’s society, local authority) to explore what kind of activity would be of interest and suitable e.g a monthly art club. We will then trial some activity and evaluate its success and sustainability.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Awaken the Arts at The Herbert Art GAllery has been runinng succesfully since the begninning of the year and takes a break for the summer resuming in September on the First Tuesday of every month 11am-12noon and it cost £5 per person. 

    Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!            To book you place please contact Stacey Bains on 02476237537 or email Stacey.Bains@culturecoventry.com  

    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    We have planned our first event for Tuesday 2nd February 10.30am-12noon called Awaken the Arts. It is a look at some carefully selected pieces from our visual arts collection with art education specialist Brian Scholes. This event is designed specifically for people experiencing difficulty with concentration or memory and their carers.

    Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!            To book you place please contact Stacey Bains on 02476237537 or email Stacey.Bains@culturecoventry.com  

    We are also holding a 'memory walk' at the Coventry Transport Museum in February with the Alzheimer's Society. 

    After these two events we will evaluate the success and look to deliver more events based on our learning. 

     

  • Develop culturally specific dementia resources and activities for people from the South Asian community

    We are working on securing funding for this work and researching the development of a reminiscence sessions for people from a South Asian heritage. 

    Status:
    Planning

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    We have secured some funding to begin developing the reminiscence session in Autum 2016. 

    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    We are still exploring funding opportunities to develop this strand of our work.