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Huntingdonshire Concert Band

Huntingdonshire Concert Band (HCB) is a community concert band. Members are amateur musicians from the local area who enjoy creating and performing music to a high standard. The band performs an average of eight concerts a year, some of which are in support local and national charities.

17 August 2016
East of England
Local Alliances:
Huntingdonshire 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?

HCB is well placed to support Outcome 6 of the i-Statements – ‘I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life’.

HCB wants to ensure that the joy of experiencing live music is accessible to as diverse a section of the local population as possible and want to promote a greater inclusion of people with dementia. 

HCB would seek to do this through ensuring that the venue’s accessibility was maximised – for example in terms of physical access for people using wheelchairs and walking frames but also by providing a quiet area where people with dementia can take ‘time out’ if they are finding it difficult to cope with noise and distractions.         

In addition, the band will work with staff at the venues it uses to request clear signage of key areas of the building wherever possible.  The band will also undertake to review its website and ensure that information about the band and forthcoming concerts in written clearly and in an approved font.  Information about the accessibility of concert venues will be included.

HCB are also committed to raising awareness of dementia within the band and ensuring that band members and volunteers are dementia aware and are able to respond appropriately and support all audience members.

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

There are two main challenges relating to the above commitments:

1)    The band is a voluntary organisation made up of a diverse range of members from across the community who essentially come together on a voluntary basis through an enjoyment of music.  Therefore there is no obligation on the part of band members to attend training or awareness sessions relating to dementia in the way that paid members of an organisation might be required to participate.

2)    HCB hires a variety of venues for its concerts, some of which are directly booked through the Band Committee and others which are booked by third party organisations who commission the band to play.  As such there are differing standards of accessibility across the venues as well as several different booking arrangements and potential partners that the band will need to work with in order to improve accessibility.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of dementia

    The HCB Committee will arrange for representatives from the committee to attend awareness sessions on dementia to ensure greater understanding of the condition and how HCB can help.

  • Work with venues to improve accessibility

    After attending an awareness session, the Committee will identify key aspects of accessibility that need to be in place at each concert venue and will work with the relevant provider/booking organiser to facilitate this.

    Initial Scoping
  • Improve accessibility of the band website

    After attending an awareness session, the Committee will identify improvements that can be made to the accessibility of the band’s website, in order to advertise HCB’s commitment to becoming dementia friendly, and will ensure that information is presented in a clear and accessible format.

    Initial Scoping