Our monthly dementia café ReCollections has been going from strength to strength since its launch in February. Taking place at Market Hall Museum it offers an inspiring and relaxed setting for those living with dementia and their loved ones to explore museum collections and take part in arts activity whether that’s live music, singing, or creating paper-craft works. We’ve also had some guest visitors from the British Motor Museum sharing their motor memories and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Victorian Kitchen at St John’s House Museum.
A fairly unique offer
Using museum collections and arts activity is a fairly unique offer so we were delighted to be asked to showcase some of our fascinating objects at the launch of the Warwick District Dementia Network which took place at the Dormer Conference Centre in Leamington on 24th May. This was a great opportunity for our Arts and Community Engagement (LaCE) team to begin creating a set of loan boxes specifically for care homes and people living with dementia to enjoy. These should be ready to hire later this year.
It is estimated that by 2025, over 11,000 people aged over 65 will be living with dementia in Warwickshire. Heritage settings and cultural venues such as Market Hall Museum have an important role to play in welcoming and accommodating people living with dementia, along with their carers. This helps to tackle the social and economic impact of dementia in their communities. There is now good scientific evidence of the positive effects that access to the arts and cultural activities have on the physical and mental health of people living with dementia.
We hope that ReCollections will be one of many creative steps in building Dementia Friendly Communties in Warwickshire. Watch this space!