Everyday People Projects
Everyday People projects are designed to tackle social isolation and loneliness which are common factors in elderly housing and care settings and communities which strongly contribute to Dementia, which is an ever growing phenomena in the UK.
Everyday People Reminiscence Activities
Are themed sessions designed to entertain and stimulate elderly groups using arts, crafts, memory box's, photo's, movies, music, memorabilia and quiz's; all of which are grounded upon psychotherapeutic model's of reminiscence working.
Focus on unearthing local/social history to encourage and strengthen group & community identity.
Transfer old personal music and family film's from VHS and Cassette to DVD, CD and digital media.
Digitally repair and reproduce family photo's in a variety of formats.
Usually involve fresh home baked reminiscence cakes (sourced from a local baker) as an added incentive to engage larger numbers, it also adds to the communal experience, having a good natter when washed down with a nice Cuppa!
Community Centre’s/Day Centres
1/1 in houses/flats/supported lodgings
Outcomes & Benefits
To establish and reinforce friendship groups, local communities and self help networks.
Increase the ability to communicate and practice self expression.
Increase social interaction through the sharing of experiences.
Increase feelings of belonging and togetherness
Increase self worth and provide a sense of achievement
Reduce apathy and confusion, especially in confused or disorientated people.
Alleviate depression. (St George Museum, 2004, pp 4-5)
Involvement in a meaningful and pleasurable activity and positive interaction.
Encourage older people to regain interest in past hobbies and past times.
(Spencer and Joyce, 2000, p 20) The Benevolent Society, 2005, Reminiscing Manual version 1,ABN 95 084 045