Ilkley Arts is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), which started out as Ilkley Art Trail in 2011. Our purpose is to promote and celebrate the Arts locally. Our mission is to support regional artists and to heighten the profile of visual arts in Ilkley all year round. We curate solo and group exhibitions and bring art to people socialising and going about their daily business. We aim to inspire and engage with people who might not normally enter a traditional gallery space. Ilkley is a beautiful small Victorian town flanked by the famous Ilkley Moor. On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, the town is popular with day-trippers, tourists and of course its residents.
- 2 August 2017
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Local Alliances:
- Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Bradford District 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?
Ilkley Arts makes a difference to its community by bringing together local artists and their audience – both residents and tourists/visitors - to appreciate art. We are an inclusive organisation. A specific aim is to broaden the demographic of our audience. That aim targets those visiting the annual Art Trail, exhibitions, workshops and other events, such as Art & Craft fairs. We use several local venues including our own Art Studio.
Becoming Dementia Friendly enables us more easily to welcome people with dementia and their families and carers to our events and allows us to promote ourselves to that audience.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We have identified five main challenges:
- Ensuring our volunteers and artists are sufficiently understanding of dementia
- Raising awareness of our events to people with dementia and their families and carers
- Ensuring the physical environment of the venues we use have been suitably assessed to minimise risk for visitors with dementia
- Being welcoming to people with dementia at events
- Promoting ourselves as dementia friendly
Ensuring our volunteers and artists are sufficiently understanding of dementia
The Trustees will make available dementia awareness sessions for volunteers and artists and encourage them to attend to ensure there is a sufficient level of understanding of dementia and how we can help people with dementia and their families and carers.
Raising awareness of our events to people with dementia and their families and carers
The Trustees will consider how to promote inclusivity for people with dementia and their families and carers for reach event we run – including posters, other advertising, press releases, flyers and guides and networking across our community
Ensuring physical environments are Dementia Friendly
The Trustees will review all event venues to help make them more dementia friendly and will encourage artists to consider how to make other venues they use (e.g. their own homes) more dementia friendly.
Being welcoming to people with dementia at events
The Trustees will deploy dementia trained volunteers at specific events, commencing with the 2017 Art Trail, where we will hold a specific Dementia Friendly session, 11:00 – 14:00 Thursday 5th October.
Promoting we are Dementia Friendly
The Trustees will use the Dementia Friendly Forget-me-not logo in all our publications and wear our pin badges with pride