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Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust

Wimbledon Community Theatre Trust (WCTT) facilitates exciting and innovative theatre-based education projects for young people aged 5-19 in Merton, South London. Our mission is to improve access to the performing arts for children and young people, with particular emphasis on those who are hard to reach or who experience some form of disadvantage, whether that be through social or cultural exclusion, economic hardship, disability or simply the lack of opportunity to make friends and socialise. We run a range of theatre and arts-based projects in partnership with schools and community groups which engage young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to access and experience the performing arts and in the last 12 months we have worked with over 4000 young people. All of our projects are undertaken by skilled, qualified professionals, the outcomes carefully measured and the results fully evaluated. WCTT runs a year-round Young Actors Company based at New Wimbledon Theatre Studio which is free for all young people who live or attend school in Merton.

20 March 2018
Charity, Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Education Sector, Health, Recreation, Schools, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Merton 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 are committed to improving young peoples knowledge and understanding of dementia and how it affects those living with dementia, their families and friends. We want to encourage the young people we work with to feel more confident around people with dementia. We are also keen to engage those with dementia with the wider community by bringing young people to meet and socialise with them.

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

Our members have little knowledge currently.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    We will host a Dementia Friends session for theatre group members and leaders


    Session held on 29th April 2018, 22 new Dementia Friends created

  • Drama project

    Our youth theatre group are involved in a project working with people living with Dementia attending the Merton Hub. The group members spend time getting to know the people at the Hub and gathering interesting stories in order to turn them into a dramatic theatre piece to be performed both at the theatre and also perhaps at the Hub.    

    Being implemented