The Memory Joggers

Our organization provides Reminiscence Training to various sectors over the past three years. We have provided training to over 300 staff from the NHS, care homes,N D A and public sectors across Norfolk.WE have recently been working in the U E A Norwich , talking to groups on the benefits of reminiscence , and as of April 21st we will be holding fortnightly Dementia awareness and information sessions in Martham Medical Centre for Coastal Villages Practice offering advice and help to those in need.

17 May 2017
East of England
Care, Community organisations, Other, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance

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 hold regular dementia awareness events at the Library Gt Yarmouth, The James Paget University Hospital and also The Forum in Norwich.  We offer advice in the use of reminiscence techniques in caring for people with dementia. Since we have worked for 9 years with people with dementia , we know roughly what they are 'going through', so therefore can both sympathise and also empathise with their situation.we are recognised reminiscence trainers and have trained almost 400 candidates from variious walks of life and professions, we have trained the Dementia team in the James Paget University Hospital  as well,as 70 of their nurses , carehome staff , Great Yarmouth Library staff , Great Yarmouth Boro Outreach staff , members of the public who are either looking after or living with Dementia

.As of April 21st we will be holding fortnightly awareness sessions in Marthm Medical Centre for Coastal Villages Practice offering advice and help to those who either are looking after someone living with dementia or a newly diagnosed patient. As well as this we are working with Ealing House Residential care home Martham and also Pallettes for Pleasure , a local art group , both of whom are going to produce an artwork of 'any type of media' of a memory which is special to them . We will be holding a public exhibition of this work in the Autumn

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

Our biggest challenge as with most other organisations is obtaining funding ,we do NOT charge for our reminiscence training  course (three hours ) but we do charge for travelling at the agreed rate of 45p per mile but some care facilities even think thats too much . It is a shame that there are soo many different factions all working in the dementia field but are all are very protective of their 'patch' .we think it should be PARTNERSHIP NOT OWNERSHIP after all we are all working for the same cause .

2. Actions

  • Join the local alliance.

    Taking part in the Dementia Friendly Norwich campaign, which is coordinated by the Norwich City Dementia Action Alliance.

    Being implemented
  • Reminiscence training across Norfolk

    We endeavour to provide free training to both public and private sectors as to how valuable reminiscence is to people who are living with dementia and or with memory loss.  There is so much we can do to help people in this situation which will enhance their quality of life and therefore make life a bit easier for their carers.

  • Involve in Dementia Awareness Campaign

    Aside from training and educating people in the use of reminiscence, we also involve in various dementia awareness campaign throughout East Norfolk .