We have chosen Reminiscence Learning, which specialises in dementia care, reminiscence, activities and life story work, as our ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2018.
We are passionate about supporting local people, businesses and charity, so we decided that Reminiscence Learning was the perfect charity to fundraise for throughout the year.
We’ll be raising money during the various events we hold throughout the year, including our late night shopping evenings, and we will also have collection tins at our till point for anyone to drop their coins into.
Our customers are extremely generous people and we hope to raise lots of funds for the charity to help towards the great work it does.
Reminiscence Learning offers a wide range of community projects from music and memories with live performances from musicians to themed reminiscence, making use of their extensive library of props and memorabilia.
Its ‘Activity Angels’ visit care homes and day centres to deliver bespoke activity sessions designed to suit individuals needs with opportunities for group engagement as well as one to one interaction.
It also delivers training for health care professionals, family carers, volunteers, businesses and services.
The charity has also created and delivered the multi award winning intergenerational dementia awareness, Archie Project, which links primary schools, care homes, sheltered housing schemes, businesses/services and community members to ultimately reduce the fear and stigma often associated with dementia and create more dementia friendly communities.
Emma Green, Manager at Reminiscence Learning, which is based in Wellington, said: “We are thrilled that The Emporium Somerset has selected us as its ‘Charity of the Year’. We are working hard to help make Wellington more dementia friendly so to have the support of local organisations really means a lot to us.
“The funds raised will help us ensure the continuation of our fun and inclusive community sessions for the older person, those with memory problems or dementia and their carers. These sessions currently run twice a week in Wellington, with something to suit all, from our Memory Cafe to themed reminiscence and our new Joy of Song and Dance.
“We are so grateful to Susie from Rocket & Co for putting us forward to The Emporium Somerset and look forward to working alongside all to raise both funds and awareness in the town.”