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Southend Museums Service

Southend Museums Service is a local authority regional museum service run by Southend Borough Council. We have four branches including the Central Museum, the Beecroft Art Gallery, Prittlewell Priory and Southchurch Hall, a medieval moated manor hall. We use our vast and varied collections of Social History, Dress and Textiles, Natural History, Fine Art and Archaeology to excite, inform and engage the public. We do this through a rolling programme of exhibitions, permanent displays, curatorial talks, giving papers at conferences, providing and attending training courses, being actively involved in many subject specialist and general networks, and collections management and care.

Updated:
14 June 2018
Local Alliances:
Southend, Castle Point and Rochford District Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

Southend Museum’s role is developing wellbeing in the Museum through supporting those with Dementia and their carers live a fulfilled life, and enjoy a range of activities and services at the Museum. The Museum is planning to develop handling sessions for those living with Dementia, these sessions will become places to meet, socialise, explore and discover in a safe and supportive environment. These sessions can be socially prescribed by health practitioners and Dementia Navigators in the borough.

 

  We also plan to develop handling boxes to loan out to day centres and care homes across the borough.  

 

This wellbeing programme aligns to the National Dementia Declaration’s seven outcomes, in that the sessions will be developed around the participants’ needs, participants will gain a sense of community by taking part in activities and their needs and requirements will be respected and provided for.

 

We also aim to increase awareness of Dementia and how to support those living with Dementia through undertaking Dementia Friends training.

 

2. Actions

  • All Museum Staff receive Dementia Friends Training

     

    All staff to attend a Dementia Friends Session and wear a Dementia Friends badge on attending the session. This session will  equip all staff, including Front of House with the awareness of how to support and work with people with Dementia.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    New member action

  • Staff to attend quarterly Dementia meetings with the Team at Southend Borough Council

    Ellie Broad (Assistant Curator of Archaeology) and Iona Farrell (Assistant Curator of Social History) who are leading the wellbeing programme at the Museum,  to attend the quarterly meetings with the Dementia Team, in order to see other work in the Borough and develop links with other organisations and services.

    Status:
    Delivery, Implementation

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    New member action

  • Museum to stage Dementia Friendly activities within the building and across the service

    Southend Museums Service to develop Dementia Friendly sessions within the museum, with the support of the Dementia Team. Southend Museum to create reminiscence boxes to be used in sessions and loaned to day centres and nursing homes in the Borough.

    Status:
    Initial Scoping, Investigating

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    New member action