Watchet Market House Museum
Watchet Market House Museum is a small museum of the local history of Watchet and vicinity. It is located in the centre of the town at the junction of the main shopping street and the harbour/marina. Most visitors to the Museum are day visitors to the town, many arriving by the heritage steam railway. The Museum also promotes and supports talks on the history of the town and vicinity and has links to the local conservation society. The Museum is open during the main tourist season, from the end of March to the end of November.
- 14 January 2016
- South West
- Arts, Voluntary Sector
- Local Alliances:
- Watchet & the Quantocks 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?
The Museum is well placed to welcome all visitors and residents including those living with dementia and other memory problems and their carers. Basic awareness training for the volunteer curators would increase the levels of inclusion for all.
Being one of the key tourist attractions in the town, the Museum’s membership of the Watchet Dementia Action Alliance would be a significant indicator of the town’s intention to become a Dementia Friendly Community and it could also advertise the activities of the local Alliance.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The number of volunteers involved in the Museum is both an opportunity and a challenge, but all could either become Dementia Friends or be given a basic information booklet on Dementia Awareness. As the volunteer cohort changes over time, there is a need for a rolling programme of Dementia Friends and Dementia Awareness training.
The Museum has two steps up from the street that present some accessibility problems to those with limited mobility.
Promote dementia friendly approaches and dementia action alliances through Museum website
Promote awareness of WDAA and Watchet becoming a Dementia Friendly Community to visitors
Display the ‘Becoming a Dementia Friendly Community’ certificate and publicity for WDAA events.
Raise awareness of dementia among volunteers
Provide all volunteer curators with the basic booklet on Dementia Awareness and offer all volunteer curators the opportunity to become Dementia Friends either online, or through face to face presentations by local Dementia Friends Champions.