What are cookies?

Our site uses cookies. A cookie is a small text marker stored on your computer that enables us to track the use of our website. We use cookies to help us understand what our users' interests and preferences are to ensure the website is as user friendly as possible.

This site only uses cookies in order to provide a service to visitors. No personal data is stored in cookies and cookies are not used in order to provide advertising. Cookies are used for the following purposes:

Learn more about cookies on aboutcookies.org

If you have any concerns about the processing of your personal data by the Dementia Action Alliance, please contact the Secretariat, c/o Alzheimer's Society, 43-44 Crutched Friars, London, EC3N 2AE.

Accept and continue

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.

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.


    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.

    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.

    Initial Scoping, Investigating

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    New member action