|Outreach Work in Care Settings
Age Exchange has worked in over 300 care settings for older people in Greater London, delivering reminiscence projects that meet a variety of needs for the participating elders and their care staff. The projects are designed to train the care staff in reminiscence skills, while facilitating enjoyable and interesting weekly reminiscence sessions for the older people.
Age Exchange provide two trained and experienced reminiscence workers to:
We require the care setting to make a commitment to provide staff to support the sessions and to cooperate in all the arrangements necessary to make the project a success.
- Run sessions according to the agreed aims and objectives
- Record and report on each session
- Provide session plans for all sessions
- Maintain good communication with members of the care staff
- Obtain and provide the reminiscence resources for each session
If you would like your care setting to take part in future Age Exchange
projects when funding becomes available please David Savill firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Arts Residencies
The Creative Arts Residency is a more intensive project with a particular group in a care setting over some months, leading to the creation of a reminiscence theatre production with accompanying artwork by the participating elders.
The Creative Arts Residency commences with a “start-up” presentation in the care setting, and then develops with Age Exchange Project Workers working with clients in groups and one-to-one, exploring a variety of reminiscence themes. This leads to the development of artwork and a piece of reminiscence theatre in which the clients assisted by project workers take an active part. This kind of project aims towards a final public performance, but respect for the process and the pace at which clients wish to proceed is central to the project’s development. The final performance is filmed, and copies given to all the participants.
This project model has been successfully delivered to care settings in London and other parts of the country. It was a feature of our national Creative Ageing Project (funded by the Department of Health – 2002/2005), and also our
Creative Ageing in London Project (funded by the City Bridge Trust – 2007/2008).