Reminiscence Learning are very proud and excited to be celebrating their 20th year as a charity. They have set themselves a target to raise a substantial £20,000 throughout their 20th year and have organised a calendar of events to celebrate. The charity are asking local businesses and organisations to get involved to help them to reach their goal. You can do this by fundraising, donating or supporting their events.
They are known for creating extravagant and crazy ideas. The first upcoming fundraiser is a 12-hour dance-a-thon at Oake Village Hall in Taunton on Saturday 25th February. Are you up for a challenge and love to dance? Whether you are on your own or can create a team with your friends/ colleagues we would love to hear from you.
12 hours… but don’t panic, you aren’t expected to be on the dancefloor for the entire time, you can share shifts with friends to make it manageable. Visit their website events page for more details: www.reminiscencelearning.co.uk/events.
Reminiscence Learning first became a registered charity in 2003, created by Occupational Therapist, Fiona Mahoney. The charity was originally set up as a training company, to deliver reminiscence, activity and dementia as Fi had found a demand in the market. Between 2003 to 2011 the brand of Reminiscence Learning was established and grown, training a wide sector of care staff and professionals. The Archie Story was written and created in 2011, this was rolled out through schools during 2012 as a soon-to-be award-winning intergenerational dementia awareness project and continues to thrive to this day. Following several awards having been won, Angela Rippon CBE, became the patron in 2014, which was a very proud moment for the charity.
The expansion of the services Reminiscence Learning provided meant a new premises was acquired in 2015, The Counting House, Tonedale Mill, Wellington. Their unique Forest School Project, held at Otterhead Forest School is an ongoing and successful venture, which was created in 2017 to accommodate those living with dementia and their carers who are still physically able and enjoy the great outdoors. The Respite Activity Sessions, which provide vital free time for family members and carers, were opened in 2019 by HRH GCVO The Countess of Wessex.
During the challenging times of Covid the charity created the Carers Support group to ensure carers could still access the invaluable support of our team and others in a similar situation. The charity are excited to have had the opportunity to expand further into the community with the start of their Together in Sport programme at the Somerset County Cricket Ground, The Memory Activity Group that is linked with Wivey Cares and the Funday Friday community group held at Rockwell Green Christian Fellowship.
Please visit their website to learn more about their extensive services, training and events.