COVID 19 – Loneliness Appeal
Age Exchange started delivering the first of its reminiscence arts activity boxes to vulnerable people who cannot access support because of coronavirus on Saturday 28th March.
Age Exchange provides creative engagement and support to about 150 people with dementia and their carers every week. The team came up with the idea of the boxes when the charity had to close its doors earlier this month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The team carefully designed the contents to improve the mental health, mood and engagement of someone with dementia.
Each box contains a fortnight’s activities including arts, crafts and quizzes. Around 150 people with dementia and their carers will have the boxes delivered to their homes as part of the virtual day care service which includes:
- Reminiscence arts activity boxes: with everything needed to make a paper flower designed by a local artist; design your own coat of arms; a collage; quizzes; make a card, and more
- Telephone befriending: two calls a week, with a light-touch mental health assessment
- Singing and music appreciation: singing and movement classes have been filmed and will be sent by DVD to service users. The technology they find most accessible.
This service is already helping to improve the wellbeing of our service users during a foreseeable period of isolation and loneliness. We have already provided over 1920 minutes of wellbeing calls and, on 28th March we delivered our first activity boxes, but we need your help.
30 March 2020
The Team at Age Exchange along with the Artists and Volunteers have been busily engaged in creating the first of our Activity and Visual Arts Pack.
These packs are designed to support those participants who live with dementia and their carers who usually attend reminiscence arts sessions at AE.
The packs are designed to be used at home, in order to engage in creative activities, such as collage making, word search, jigsaws, reminiscence exercises.
We hope that the AE boxes will offer a whole range of meaningful and fun ideas.
We are missing all our friends and we are committed to reduce their feelings of isolation and loneliness through positive engagement by whatever means possible.