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The Lightbox

The Lightbox is an award-winning charitable arts and heritage organisation with a social purpose to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of its community. We strongly believe that art has the power to make you feel good and we strive to ensure that this philosophy is at the heart of everything we do. Our diverse cultural programme includes exhibitions featuring world-renowned artists, local heritage, talks and tours, social events and arts and crafts workshops for all ages. We also host special fundraising events. These raise money for our charitable ventures such as our Art and Wellbeing initiative which provides opportunities for those that would otherwise not be able to access arts and heritage services to take part in creative workshops, including free drop-in sessions for families. The programme also includes community workshops for those living with dementia and their carers, those affected by mental health issues, those in local care homes and hospices, and clients of the nearby homeless shelter. These programmes would not be possible without the support of our visitors. Whether you choose to become a Friend, attend a fundraising event, visit an exhibition, or simply buy something from our Shop, all profits feed back into the charity which means these valuable services are able to continue.

23 April 2019
South East
Children Young People and Students, Community organisations, Arts
Local Alliances:
Woking 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 a local history museum and art gallery. We show around 20 exhibitions a year and provide workshops for people of all to be creative.

We are already a Dementia Friendly Surrey Champion and would like to join so that we can assist people living with Dementia to use our workshops or use our space to relax and be comfortable.



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

We have a 6 day business which relies on visitor numbers so it will be challenging to ensure people living with dementia feel comfortable and safe alongside bringing in new people and showcasing significant art exhibitions

2. Actions

  • Training for staff and volunteers information in handbook

    We provide training for staff and volunteers and so we plan to update this and ensure some guidelines are in the volunteer handbook.

    Being implemented
  • Ensure there are safe space areas around the building - make sure visitor experience team know where.

    We provide various places around the building, but ensuring that there is always somewhere to sit away from from a lot of people is key for a lot of our audiences, but integral to know where for the visitors experience team should they need it.

    Being implemented
  • Look at accessibility for the building

    We have recently refreshed a accessibility guide for people with autism so we will build on that. Also, we can look into other things, such as toilet seats. signage and stairs. As well as large print guides in the exhibitions.

    Being implemented