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The Met

The Met is an arts centre based in Bury. Through encouraging watching and participation of the arts, The Met believes it can enrich lives and promote community cohesion.

Complimenting a programme of entertainment including theatre, music and comedy, The Met runs a number of weekly workshops for adults and children. Edwin Street Recording Studio attracts many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds working alongside professional musicians. Our main purpose is to make the arts accessible to all though low cost ticketed events and free and low cost workshops to encourage participation. Specialist workshops exist to provide experience for children and adults with limited abilities. Our experience of outreach and youth work has been built over a number of years and we exist to serve the community of Bury.

The Met is currently ranked number 39 in the PRS top UK venues and won Entertainment Venue of the Year at the prestigious Manchester Tourism Awards in December 2014.

The Met is organiser and promoter of many outdoor events including the annual award winning Ramsbottom Festival, Homegrown festival and Big Whistle Festival.

Our Vision

  • The people of Bury will know The Met brand, engage with the arts programme and be proud of its achievements
  • The Met’s facilities and premises will be improved and expanded so that it is a credit to Bury and an inspiration to users and artists
  • The Met’s events and activities will have grown in range and number and excite and inspire local and regional audiences
  • Participation in The Met’s activities and engagement with high quality arts will be a normal and enriching part of Bury life
  • The Met will have established a national profile for the quality of its work, including the development of new work.

Our mission is to

  • Promote a distinctive and varied programme of high quality events and activities with local, regional and national appeal;
  • Widen access to the performing arts by developing a programme which recognises the creative case for diversity in turn recognising the diversity of the communities we serve;
  • Support the creative activities of individual artists and groups working in Bury and the region;
  • Support initiatives to promote the arts in Bury and the region;
  • Work in partnership with relevant agencies towards the achievement of a shared strategic vision, promoting the arts and Bury.
  • Build towards a national profile for our developmental approach to its audiences, artforms and programme.

13 October 2015
North West
Local Alliances:
Bury 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?

BMAA aim to provide services that support people with dementia and their carers to ensure they enjoy a high quality of life. 

With this in mind BMAA aims to achieve the following –

Creation of an Action plan to ensure BMAA is working towards positive actions and contributions in its membership of the DAA.

Confirmation of our membership lets others know we are committed to delivering a valued services and educating our staff and users creating a dementia friendly environment.

We will establish a DAA meeting Hub at The Met to educate carers about the range of services available to those with dementia. This also endorses our work towards a dementia friendly environment. 

We will use our existing resources to deliver events in the locality and at the venue.

We will support funding bids for a larger project across the borough.

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

Staff capacity is an issue for the organisation which delivers a number of events and workshops in the community and our resources are already stretched.

However, we have created an internal action plan which will enable us to deliver small projects within our existing capacity and will be able to support partners in delivering a big for a larger project which will be borough wide.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Improve the Skills of the Dementia Care Workforce

    We will improve the skills of the dementia care workforce by developing and delivering high quality education programmes to staff across a range of dementia care settings and through the use of our approved trainer scheme by the end of 2013.

  • Create a dementia theme for autumn winter 2015 for workshop groups

    This ensures the issue is raised with workshop leaders and young people are educated

  • Tour work produced from workshops to care homes in the locality

    Young people gain experience from touring work. Care homes receive entertainment and establish links with the local community

  • BMAA create links with local homes and reinforce Dementia friendly environment

    To establish BMAA as dementia friendly. To aid development of project which targets members of our community with need

  • Find finance for wider dementia project and become partner

    • To aid delivery of the project where appropriate including hire space and events.
    • To establish BMAA as dementia friendly.
    • To aid development of project which targets members of our community with need.
    Initial Scoping
  • We will establish a DAA meeting Hub at The Met

    To educate carers about the range of services available to those with dementia. This also endorses our work towards a dementia friendly environment