Notts: New Talking Memory courses are planned

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New Talking Memory courses are set to take place at Worksop Library, it has been announced.

Notts County Council’s Adult Community Learning Service (ACLS) has funded Creative Paths CIC to deliver a new reminiscence course called Talking Memories at libraries across the county to carers of people living with dementia.

The scheme has been such a success that further courses are now planned at both Worksop Library and Mansfield Library, starting on 17th April.

The courses provide tips to help carers learn valuable skills to get the most from reminiscing with people with dementia, using the council’s new Memory Lane kits, which feature vintage visual aids and objects designed to help spark memories.

Coun John Knight, committee chairman for culture, at Notts County Council, said: “Dementia affects so many people and our libraries aim to offer an important place to empower carers and people with dementia in terms of knowledge, education and support.”

“Our pioneering Memory Lane kits are already proving extremely popular and these Talking Memories courses provide another way where our libraries can support people living with dementia and their families and carers.”

Participants learn practical reminiscence and communication skills which can be used with the people they care for to stimulate conversation, activity and engagement.

The course provides the carers with the confidence to use reminiscence and the Memory Lane Kits with the person they care for with the aim of benefitting both the carer and the person cared for.

Nottingham-based Creative Paths CIC specialises in offering creative participatory workshops and learning for people with complex disabilities and conditions.

Email info@creativepaths.org.uk before March 31st 2015 or call 07722 783467 to book a place.