Residents of Sovereign Housing on the Isle of Wight took a trip down memory lane at a reminiscence festival jointly funded by Sovereign and Arts Council England.
The Festival was organized by Sovereign Community Developer Toby Eaglen to help residents engage and socialize by sharing their memories.
More than 40 residents attended a series of events held last month with memorabilia expert Lisa Kerley of Inspir-Ed.
“I love being able to deliver these sessions because I can see how much the participants take away from the experience. During the closures, we were unable to use museum artifacts in the community. It feels good to know that these items can be repurposed to help people remember and spark memories. This reminiscence work helps people meet, socialize and get to know each other better – people often find things from their past that they share in common. Attendees were able to enjoy sharing and listening to each other’s memories
“I always learn so much when I do these sessions – I’m so lucky to be able to work with older people, it’s like history books – but much more interesting!”
As well as taking a trip down memory lane by reminiscing on items from the past on loan from the Carisbrooke Castle Museum, residents were treated to live music curated by Independent Arts.
Nicola Ward, Wellness Workshops Manager, said:
“It was a real pleasure for the musicians of Independent Arts to be involved in the Sovereign Reminiscence festival, we had a wonderfully warm welcome. The attendees were true stars who got involved and sang along to some fabulous favorite songs from the past. Thank you all for the smiles and laughs and I hope to see everyone again soon!”
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