Ilkley Playhouse is a not for profit charitable organisation run by volunteers. Apart from being dedicated to the presentation of live amateur theatre, there are other events such as hosting the Ilkley Literature Festival and Ilkley Film Festival. The Trustees are encouraging the use of the building as a community hub and the aim in the future is to develop this opportunity in the town
1. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
We want to provide live entertainment for people affected by dementia and their carers, for them to enjoy, relax and feel welcome in a suitable environment.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
This is a small theatre, run by volunteers. We are self-funding. The building may have limitations, being built in the late 19th Century. We have looked at the building and feel the lifts and facilities are suitable, and have arranged to have suitable signage in place, and feel that we can provide a safe and dementia friendly environment. The Front of House Staff, cast and back stage people are being trained/or have been trained to help them understand dementia and be more aware of how to help and support all audiences. We have held a Relaxed Performance last Christmas and we were all very pleased at how well it was received.