Making arts organisations dementia friendly

Most of us enjoy the opportunity to appreciate the world beyond our day-to-day existence – whether this is a visit to the theatre to see a play or a pantomime, or to catch a movie at our local cinema. It could equally be enjoying a spot of music at a concert venue or marvelling at works of art in an art gallery or museum exhibition. It would be so very unfair if just because someone has a dementia diagnosis, these cultural activities suddenly become off-limits. We now have a valuable, practical guide that will help people in the arts sector to ensure that is not the case.

The guide is based on best practise examples of the work going on across the country already to support people affected by dementia and using arts venues.

Aspects of socialising and remaining independent can be difficult when a person develops dementia and after a diagnosis people can feel isolated and unable to visit the venues and partake in the activities they have come to enjoy.

This guide gives arts venues, of all sizes, the opportunity to pick and choose from practical guidance and to create a dementia-friendly approach tailored to their organisation. It covers three key areas which include community engagement, accessibility and programming as well as providing signposting to key resources and publications and a succinct evidence base that organisations can use to back their proposals to take on this work.

Download the guide

Alternatively you can order a hard copy by contacting us by phone on 0300 303 5933 or email to request a copy (code 944).

If you have any questions about the guide please contact