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The Historic Dockyard Chatham

CHDT is an independent charity established by government to take ownership of The Historic Dockyard, immediately following closure as an operational Dockyard in 1984. Its purposes are: • To secure for the public benefit the preservation of The Historic Dockyard at Chatham in a manner appropriate to its archaeological and historical importance • To promote and foster for the public benefit a wide knowledge and understanding of the archaeological significance of The Historic Dockyard. It is also a fully accredited museum - collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting objects and materials connected with the: • History and role of the dockyard and its people • Development of Royal Navy warship design and construction • Use of the River Medway by the Royal Navy and its support services. The Trust follows an overarching strategy of preservation through reuse, bringing the buildings back into new uses, both as museum/visitor attractions and as places where people live and work

27 October 2015
South East
Local Alliances:
Medway 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?

Many of our visitors are aged 60 plus, and by being more aware of dementia and its implications, The Historic Dockyard Chatham could be an excellent place for those living with dementia, their carers and families to enjoy themselves without some of the usual trappings that might come with exploring new places.  Ensuring visitor facing staff supervisors are Dementia Friends will be the first step.

 We also have many volunteers of a similar age, and feel that we can support those living with dementia, or those who partners are living with dementia, more effectively.

We will also be embarking on developing a community programme of events and projects, including delivering satellite sessions to those at AgeUK day and dementia centres.  To do this successfully, developing our knowledge and understanding of dementia will be an essential part of this process.

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

As a trust we have been operating for over thirty years, and some of our volunteers have not only been with us for this time, but they were employees at Chatham Dockyard before it closed.  Routines and expectations are therefore heavily embedded, and any changes to these would need to be carefully introduced.

Developing training for staff will inevitably cost money, if only through shifts being used for these sessions.

 Making any physical changes to facilities on site will be a real challenge, and not something I am suggestion we’ll do at this stage.  It might, however, be a possibility to consider what can be done to help those on site living with dementia when designing new buildings

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2. Actions

  • Improve understanding of Dementia

    A key group of 8 trust staff have already become Dementia Friends.  I am now a Dementia Friends Champion and will be running sessions for all of our visitor facing staff supervisors.

  • Develop satellite workshops suitable for members of the local community who are living with dementia.

    Work with Age UK Medway to develop, pilot and deliver a series of regular workshops at day centres and dementia centres that offer the chance for those living with dementia to recall memories of their local area, experience the chance to touch museum collection objects and have the opportunity for conversation and reminiscence.

  • Improve the organisation’s ability to support volunteers living with dementia or volunteers who are caring for those living with dementia

    Volunteer supervisors to become Dementia Friends.  Dementia Friends sessions offered to volunteers.  Volunteering process to be reviewed and improvements, if needed, to be planned and implemented.