Creative Reminiscence – The Power of Memory by Carrie Twist

16th August 2017

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Reminiscence can unlock people’s memories and build community. The power of scent, sound, sight, touch and taste can take you back to a point in time you had forgotten about. For residents on a dementia journey, reminiscence gives an anchor point of memory and enables them to connect with others with confidence.

In 2015, I had the opportunity to travel around the world on a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. This experience helped me to understand how reminiscence could be used as a cross-cultural tool of communication and a starting point for many different projects.

As a creative person, I am particularly interested in finding ways to record people’s stories through art, and have put on different exhibitions through mixed media and poetry, telling the life stories of older people in Sheffield. I have also founded the Storytelling with a Twist Creative Reminiscence collection at Montgomery Theatre in Sheffield City Centre and St.Paul’s Resources Centre in Rotherham, as I feel it is crucial for care homes to be equipped with free resources.

My passion is how to take memories and creatively record them. I have been working as an adult education advisor with Twinkl online educational resources to design a package which will enable all care homes to have access to hundreds of ideas of how to do this.

In the interactive workshop, we will have a chance to do our own creative reminiscence and have an opportunity to find out about local reminiscence handling collections and online resources to get you started on your adventure.

Carrie will be hosting this workshop at Cardiff and London. Register for your free tickets today.

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