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Reminiscing sessions taken to communities

One of the memory boxes used in the reminiscence sessions.
One of the memory boxes used in the reminiscence sessions.

East Riding Libraries are now offering ‘Reminiscence in the Community’ sessions.

The sessions are tailored to help residents in care homes and community settings who may be living with varying stages of dementia.

They have been devised to support people living with middle to late stage dementia and staff have undergone additional training delivered by dementia expert, Libby Lawrence, who has also worked as a consultant on the project.

The sessions incorporate high quality and carefully curated memory boxes, containing items such as photographs, books and food packaging, so that participants can relive the sights and sounds of days gone by.

Care providers in the area can book specially trained East Riding Libraries staff to come into their setting, discuss and get to know their residents, and then deliver person-centred reminiscence sessions for up to 10 people.

Libraries staff also spend time sharing techniques and knowledge with care providers, and provide a full evaluation of each session to use with CQC inspections.

Councillor Richard Harrap, portfolio holder for adult and carer services, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to launch these new sessions, which I am sure will make a real difference to people living with dementia and their carers.”

For further information on Reminiscence in the Community and prices, contact the Libraries Administration Team by emailing LAMA.admin@eastriding.gov.uk or by calling 01482 392702.