The Memory Box Project continues!

Since it began in 2016, the Memory Box Project has reminisced with over 6000 participants and engaged almost 900 staff members in sessions.  We are very pleased to confirm that the Big Lottery Fund has awarded funds for Memory Box to continue for a further 3 years.

The Big Lottery fund Reaching Communities Grant has awarded continuation funding to the Memory Box Project until 2022

The Big Lottery fund Reaching Communities Grant has awarded continuation funding to the Memory Box Project until 2022

There are some exciting changes that will be implemented in this new funding period. In addition to our reminiscence work, we will also have a significant focus on intergenerational working.  We will continue to reach an increased number of people living with dementia, staff and carers. We hope to continue supporting local and regional dementia community events, and to contribute towards supporting carers and families in sessions and workshops. We have spent some time at the beginning of this year significantly improving and adding to our wonderful collection and look forward to sharing these with the communities we work with.

The Memory Box Team has been making additions and improvements to all the boxes

The Memory Box Team has been making additions and improvements to all the boxes

The project will be working in 9 hospitals, with the recent addition of Queen Alexandra Hospital (Portsmouth) and Dorset County Hospital, and we are looking forward to two new staff members joining our team. The collection of data for research purposes in association with the Wessex Academic Health Science Network is also one of our key priorities.

‘Homemade Home’  is one of the new Memory Box themes for 2019

‘Homemade Home’ is one of the new Memory Box themes for 2019

Heather Parkinson, previously Project Manager for Memory Box (South) has now taken on the role of Education and Research Officer. Heather remains a crucial part of the Memory Box team collating, interpreting and reporting evidence from our projects to validate and explore the effectiveness of our work. Erin McMurtry is Project Manager, delivering and supporting the practical delivery of Memory Box across the board. We are recruiting new staff members to coordinate Basingstoke (FT) and Dorset (PT) in the coming weeks.

Heather Parkinson  is based in our Southampton Office and is Education and Research Officer for the Trust

Heather Parkinson is based in our Southampton Office and is Education and Research Officer for the Trust

We hope that the project continues to go from strength to strength with the support of our current service users, and would like to give a huge thank you to The Big Lottery Fund, The Linbury Trust, and The ACT Foundation for their continued financial support without which our project would not be possible.

Erin McMurtry