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Nucleus Arts

Nucleus Arts is the Award Winning flagship arts organisation founded by the Halpern Charitable Foundation. The Foundation was the brainchild of the late Hilary Halpern and it was his dream to promote the Arts in Medway and Kent. Nucleus Arts has become the cultural and creative heart of Kent & Medway over the past 12 years and focuses on affordability, accessibility and excellence in the Arts. We believe in using creativity to benefit the local communities health and wellbeing, therefore we run various creative activities that are accessible to all and make an ongoing effort to continually extend our programme. We believe that collaboration is key and are open to working with as many organisations as possible and helping them to also use creativity to benefit their service users and community members.

31 March 2016
South East
Arts, Businesses and shops, Charity, Local DAA Members
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?

Nucleus Arts provides accessible and affordable workshops for those with dementia and their families and carers. We believe that creativity has a big impact on health and wellbeing and can alleviate the distress dementia often causes individuals and those close to them. We therefore aim to make an increasing number of the activities we provide accessable to those with dementia, their families and their carers. We also aim to make sure that all of our spaces across Medway are dementia friendly.

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

There are challenges in finding the right types of people to deliver activities and also challenges in promoting the activities. 

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2. Actions

  • Improve our Understanding of Dementia

    Many of our staff have undergone training to make our arts centre and retail shop is dementia friendly, but we also aim to continue staff training wherever possible so as to always expand our knowledge of how best to help those with dementia and those close to them. We specifically aim to make sure creative workshop leaders are trained and experienced to assist those with dementia.    

  • Deliver Dementia Specific Workshops

    We have acquired funding from Chatham Maritime Trust to deliver creative workshops specifically for those with dementia. This will initially be in collaboration with Rochester Literatures Festivals “Memory Box” project. We are currently in planning stages but aim to also collaborate with Platters Farm for this.

  • Source Further Funding

    From April 2016 we will have a fundraiser in place at Nucleus Arts and within the Halpern Foundation. Together we will look at further funding available to extend the range of activities we can offer for those with dementia.