Our Memories Matter

A reminiscence project working in residential homes and other care settings for older people

Musical Memories Matter

Our volunteers also deliver music and singing sessions in various care settings across our operating area.

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.

Our 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 the service:

All 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.

What our volunteers say they like best about being involved:

"The joy on the clients faces when they see us return after a break."

What 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.

Befriending Kent
Lottery funded
Kent County Council
Mentoring and befriending

CARM (Caring All together on Romney Marsh)
The Appledore Christian Centre, The Street,
Appledore, Kent, TN26 2AE

Registered charity no. 1067189