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Board in the City CIC

Opened in the heart of Southampton, BOARD IN THE CITY CIC, the first dedicated board-gaming cafe in the city, where we offer gamers of all ages and experience the opportunity to play a huge selection of games with the assistance of our knowledgeable and friendly staff. Great quality food and drink available to help you keep up the energy to deal with trolls and marauding alien armies! We are a Community Interest Company which means that 65% of our profit will go back into the community as we give back to schools across the city by getting our staff to go into them to run after-school gaming clubs as well as buying games for schools and also having disaffected students come and do work-experience as gaming guides in the café. As well as working with the elderly. The café is open to all, from families, to individuals to gaming groups to wheelchair users to couples etc., we are warm, welcoming, unique, accessible and inclusive.

15 March 2017
South East
Care, Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Education Sector, Faith Groups, Health, Hospitality, Other, Recreation, Schools, Social Care, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Dementia Friendly Southampton (Southampton DAA)

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?

We will be a member of Southampton Dementia Action Alliance Steering Group, attending meetings where possible and supporting Southampton to become a Dementia Friendly City.

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

  • Time for training
  • Getting support to changing the environment from outside agencies
  • Making sure our advertising is varied

Member website


2. Actions

  • We will become Dementia Friends

    We will make as many staff as possible Dementia Friends via various training methods as an emotional strategy.

    Better informed staff will mean that they will be best placed to support, repetitive behaviours etc and stay calm and friendly.

  • We will make our environment more dementia friendly

    We will change our environment physically and with audio support as a practical strategy. Having reflective reminders such as vintage games, classical old time music etc will help our guests feel safer.

  • We will ensure that our advertising welcomes people affected by dementia

    We will vary our advertising as a social strategy.

    Advertising will help other carers know they are not alone.