We’re pleased to share that we have pledged to sign the Dementia Friendly Venue Charter, launched by The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan to ensure that every Londoner with dementia and their carers has a dementia friendly cultural venue on their doorstep.

It aims to transform cultural venues for people living with dementia and their carers through a range of dementia friendly resources including inclusive performances, dedicated relaxed sessions, clear signage, designated chill out zones and staff training.

Although we’re proud to have long been a place where people of all ages can meet, socialise and imagine, our longstanding commitment to involving and creating with older people via our Meet Me programme, run in partnership with Entelechy Arts, means we’re especially pleased to take this further with other London venues, including the Museum of London and in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society who helped devise the charter.

As we begin to think about gradually welcoming people back into our building over the next few months, the charter will help us to access guidance and materials to help staff and volunteers become Dementia Friends and Dementia Champions so we can become even more accessible and open into the future.

Find out more about our Meet Me programme.

Image: 21st Century Tea Dance. Credit: Roswitha Chesher