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Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is a heritage site comprising of the home, studios, gallery, chapel and joint architectural legacy of Victorian artist G F Watts and Mary Watts. We run an exciting programme of exhibitions and seasonal events. Our extensive creative programme allows adults, young people and families to enjoy the tactile experience of making art. We are an independently funded charity.

7 August 2017
South East
Local Alliances:
Guildford Town Dementia Action Alliance, Surrey 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?

Our legacy is 'Art for All', it is one of our core values - following in the footsteps of our founders using the transformative power of art to move, inspire and engage; as well as driving social change, self-development and empowerment.  We want to ensure our collections are as physically and intellectually accessible as possible to all of our visitors and volunteers.
We will begin by following the guidelines for sector specific best practice in becoming more dementia friendly and establishing connections with local dementia friendly organisations. We will also learn from our current volunteers and visitors about what they think Watts could do, from simple actions to incorporating dementia friendly programming.   

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

Time and resource of staff and ensuring the information on why these outcomes are important and how to deliver them is rolled out.
Ensuring that all 340 of our volunteers have an understanding of what it is to be a dementia friendly organisation and how to deliver that.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Run an onsite Dementia Friends Information Session for all staff and volunteers, ask volunteers to talk to others about it, wear their Dementia Friends badges (May 2017)

    Ask the local Alzheimer's Society to run a Dementia Friends session at the Gallery during Dementia Action Alliance Week.


    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    This was a successful event and we hope to hold more.

  • Invite staff and volunteers to attend a local Dementia Friends Champion Induction. Continue to run Dementia Friends Information sessions for staff and volunteers.

    Visitor Services Manager & Heritage Assistant to register as Champions, sign up for a local induction and invite others to do the same.

  • Induct all new volunteer stewards to be dementia friendly.

    Incorporate a set of Dementia Friends guidelines in volunteer induction packs, explaining how we can implement really simple changes to ensure we are dementia friendly

    Initial Scoping