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Bristol Music Trust

Launched in May 2011 the Bristol Music Trust is a new and exciting independent charity. We manage the operations of Colston Hall, Bristol’s largest concert venue, where people have been enjoying music for 150 years; developing a diverse musical programme, leading a major capital refurbishment programme and securing its commercial success. We aim to drive forward music across Bristol; working in partnership with city wide organisations; promoting music across all communities. Bristol Music Trust’s vision is to put music at the heart of Bristol life, and to lead a strategic, citywide approach to promoting music so that it flourishes through performance, composition, participation and education.

29 January 2019
South West
Arts, Charity, Children Young People and Students, Education Sector, Recreation, Retail
Local Alliances:
Bristol 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?

Inclusion is very important to Bristol Music Trust and this includes welcoming people who are living with dementia and their carers so they can experience the joy of live music and performances in a safe and supportive environment contributing to outcome six.

We have two Dementia Champions who deliver Dementia Friends sessions to all staff to ensure we can deliver the above so they understand some of the behaviours and challenges people living with dementia may face.

When people living with dementia visit our concert hall we want them to have a fun and enjoyable experience so they leave with a warm and happy feeling.

Currently our auditoria are closed for a major transformation project.  During closure we are looking at how we can continue our links with DAA both locally and nationally.


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

We need to ensure that we deliver Dementia Friend sessions on a more regular basis to ensure that we make allowances for staff turnover.

The physical aspects of the building could be changed to better assist people living with dementia, for example signage around the building. This will be a priority when we look at re-opening the building and we will be talking to and working with local organisations to ensure our building is fully accessible.

Improving communication to community of people living with dementia and their carers about the programme of events and the support we can offer for anyone who wishes to attend.

Member website

www.colston hall.org

2. Actions

  • Increasing Awareness in Bristol Music Trust

    We have two Dementia Friends Champions within the organisation and we actively encourage them to attend local champion support meetings so they can deliver up to date Dementia Friends Information Session.

    We aim to roll out Dementia Friends Sessions on a monthly basis so that all staff can attend to ensure we have awareness across all departments within the organisation.  

    Being implemented
  • Improving Physical Environment

    Bristol Music Trust is currently raising funds for a complete transformation of Colston Hall.  One of the main reasons for this refurbishment is to make our venue fully accessible.  

    When we re-open we will re-visit all access doors and signage around the building to ensure the buidling is more 'user friendly' to all.  Guidance will be sought from both national and local organisations.  We will start the consultation in late 2018 early 2019.

  • Creating links with relevant organisations and communities

    Continuing to offer space for Champion Support Meeting for the South West Regional Dementia Friends Office and attending.

    Building a relationship with Bristol Dementia Action Alliance for advice and how we can make connections with other appropriate communities.

    Working with other venues within the local area to offer support and share knowledge to improve our reach and services to people living with dementia and their families and carers.