Memories Matter provides weekly talking reminiscence sessions for groups of older people, in order to reduce their social
isolation and improve their sense of well-being. Reminiscing (sharing memories) is a positive experience, helping those
that take part to feel valued and listened to. Most important of all the sessions are great fun. The sessions are facilitated by trained volunteers,
using a variety of props as triggers to encourage memories. The service is managed by a paid coordinator. The service currently operates seven groups;
two in residential care homes, three in integrated care settings, one in a day centre and one at an assisted living facility.
These settings are located in Folkestone, Hythe, Dymchurch, New Romney, Seabrook and Tenterden. Three of the groups are specifically for clients with dementia
and attendees at these sessions include day centre clients and those on respite or in long term care.
What the settings say about
clients involved in these groups benefit greatly and have recalled some memories with the group that we have been able to
recall with them again. All the volunteers are bubbly and friendly and have a really good connection with our service users.
After each session the clients are clearly in raised spirits. They really miss these sessions when they are not on.”
volunteers say they like best about being involved:
"The joy on the clients faces when they see us return after a break."
the attendees say:
“Being here is really good for me”
Volunteers receive a full induction and training is provided in a variety of ways. Volunteers work
in groups to facilitate sessions on a weekly basis in blocks of 10 sessions, usually with a month to six week break in between.
Regular volunteer support meetings are held throughout the year. To find out more about Our Memories Matter generally or to express
an interest in volunteering please ring the office on 01233 758122 or click on the link below to send an email.
Email Fiona Godfrey
Musical Memories Matter
Our volunteers also deliver music and singing sessions in various care settings across our