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The Light Cinema

The Light Cinema is dedicated to embrace the local community and has identified there is a need for accommodating Dementia friendly screenings. The is working to create a calm friendly atmosphere, offering snacks on arrival and Dementia friends amongst the staff.

2 November 2017
East of England
Arts, Retail
Local Alliances:
Cambridge City 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?

We have a huge footfall through our doors, therefore by way of supporting campaigns where we can, in conjunction with our screenings bring awareness to dementia its impact on us all. Within our cinema circuit we have already invested in basic Demenia friendly training in the hope we have a strong and consistent alliance with demencia charities and families so they feel confident in brining their lovedones to the cinema kowing we are here to help. We are constanlty thriving to better our service and we can only do this with your input and feedback. 

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

People trusting us and believing we are able to accomplish with confidence, such initiatives. This is one of many we are persuing but we are not taking it lightly. We have sponsorship from Iceland and the movie choices come from our customers. We aim to make each visit a pleasure. The safety aspect of the cinema has been and will be addressed to ensure we alway keep our cinema a safe and friendly haven. 

We are already moving forward with this initiative, we would like you to embrace it.

2. Actions

  • Ensure highest standards of dementia awareness for cinema screenings

    The Light Cinemas Cambridge prides itself on its health and safety standards, but we want to ensure we are addressing any special requirements so that we are making a difference where it matters. Our friendly staff, some of which who have been “dementia friendly” trained are always at the disposal of our guests.  Our facilities consist of large open foyer with background music, which can play anything you ask for if there is a request, a bar with seating, both low and high chairs and tables, and sofas. This area creates a calming,  influence. While we encourage live music during some events, it may be an option for dementia friendly screenings to provoke happiness.

    Raising awareness is fundamental and whilst we have these events, we want to encourage people to become more aware. The Light has an internal trainer to train the staff to be dementia friendly, which should instil confidence.  

    There is a 30 mins interval during the movie, where entertainment takes place, mainly singing, this often results in guests dancing. Currently a great success, but we want to ensure we are addressing all that can be, so we go from strength to strengthen.


    Being implemented