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Worthing Theatres

Worthing Theatres have 4 venues. The Connaught Theatre- used primarily as a cinema showing films and live- screenings, occasionally throughout the year it is also used for live performance, mainly plays. The Studio- hosts a smaller cinema screen and is also used from time to time for live performances, live music or stand -up comedy. The Pavilion- A large venue with seating for 800 which hosts a variety of shows. This venue can be transformed into a ballroom with removable seating. The Assembly Hall- The largest of our venues with 940 seats and can also be used for standing only gigs. Shows here are mainly music gigs, orchestras & comedians.

14 December 2020
South East
Local Alliances:
Worthing 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?

30 members of our front of House Team have attended a Dementia freinds session. We are hoping to extend this to all of our staff in the near future. We have worked together with Worthing Dementia Freinds, Alziemers Society and the Worthing Town Cryers. They have visited two of our venues and provided feedback of how we can improve them. We are working on making these improvements and will also be inviting them back to our other venues to also make these Dementia freindly. We are aiming to adapt our venues the best we can by getting better signage and improving lighting. Dementia Freindly film screenings will be scheduled to appear on our programme. We will be taking part in Dementia Action Week and hope to hold a community event during this week. We will be exploring more ideas of how to provide a better service to those visiting our venues and continue our understanding of what is needed.

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

Costs of having more staff on shift, new signage, advertising and capturing the right audience.

2. Actions

  • Signage

    To update signage in all our venues. We aim to use additional signage as recommended from the Alziemers society so it is clearer for vistors that are living with dementia.

    Initial Scoping
  • Dementia Friendly screening

    To schedule in to our cinema timetable- screenings that are Dementia friendly.

    We hope that these screenings will encourage those living with dementia to attend the theatre and be comortable to do so in a relaxed enviroment knowing that the staff working have recieved training from a dementia freinds session. 

  • Venues becoming dementia friendly

    We would like to contine working with the Worthing Town Cryers and Dementia Freinds Worthing to invite them to audit all of our venues and provide feedback of how we can improve.