New checklists for auditing public spaces

New checklists for auditing public spaces

At a DEEP event in 2016, participants identified the need for some simple evidence-based checklists to support them in their work of carrying out audits of public spaces. This is something which they are increasingly being invited to do.  Typically, several members of a group will walk round a public facility – such as a theatre, an airport, a park or a station – and comment on how ‘dementia inclusive’ (or not) it feels to them. They will often comment on signage, lighting, acoustics, flooring etc. – and also on the friendliness of the staff.

The checklists were duly produced, in collaboration with Professor Mary Marshall from Dementia Centre HammondCare, and tested and refined by three DEEP groups – SURF, EDUCATE Stockport and East Kent Forget me Nots. Philly Hare coordinated the work in her role as Exchange Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

These checklists are now available – please feel free to use and circulate. We also welcome any feedback on how useful they are. They can be downloaded free from: