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The Memory Box Project - Wessex Heritage Trust

The Memory Box Project is a new & exciting reminiscence project with the aims to engage, support & share memories with people living with Dementia in Hampshire. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and co-ordinated by the Wessex Heritage Trust, the Memory Box Project encourages people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s to reflect and remember their younger days. This project is unique as it is a free service offered free to organisations and the public, and each box can be tailored to individual sites with the history and local memories of the area. Memory box sessions are used to stimulate four of the five senses, using touch, sight, hearing and smell to stimulate memories and senses within patients.

27 June 2017
South East
Local Alliances:
Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance, Dementia Friendly Southampton (Southampton DAA)

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We work closely with people living with dementia by focusing on reminiscence. We have a range of boxes covering topics such as home and garden, sport, TV and film, music and dance, toys, transport, Christmas, schooldays and Sundays, seaside and holidays, shops and shopping, food and cooking and work.  The boxes allow people living with dementia and their carers to reminisce by enjoying a sensory experience of the past.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We may find it difficult to access all venues that request us to visit. We are looking to combat this by recruiting volunteers.

2. Actions

  • We will become Dementia Friends

    All staff and volunteers working on the project will become Dementia Friends, giving us all a basic awareness and understanding of dementia and how it affects people.

  • We will tailor our sessions

    We can tailor sessions to suit specific audiences, venues and subjects and will continue to do this to reach as many people as possible.

  • We will be a member of Southampton Dementia Action Alliance Steering Group

    We will be a member of Southampton Dementia Action Alliance Steering Group, attending meetings where possible and supporting Southampton to become a Dementia Friendly City.