Wellington-based charity Reminiscence Learning held its Creative Activity Therapy (CAT) Awards’ presentation at Taunton’s Albermarle Centre last week. Taunton Deane Mayor Vivienne Stock-Williams presented certificates to 21 Level 2 CAT award recipients and 12 TOP CATs – those who have completed Level 3 which is the advanced award course.
For carers, nurses, community workers and assistants the CAT and TOP CAT awards offer specialist training in all aspects of dementia care – including ways to develop creative and stimulating interactions with dementia sufferers. Three of those receiving awards at the presentation spoke eloquently of the ways in which the care they offered had benefitted from the CAT programmes and how their own confidence and awareness had developed as a result.
Each award recipient was presented with a cat to mark their achievement before a specially decorated cake was cut by Reminiscence Learning (RL) Chief Executive Fiona Mahoney and Vivienne Stock-Williams. Reminiscence Learning is one of the Mayor’s three chosen charities for her year in office together with the Children’s Hospice South West and the Somerset Gardens’ Scheme.
The CAT and TOP CAT qualification is nationally accredited and managed from Reminiscence Learning’s base in the Counting House, Tonedale. The charity will mark its first year at the Counting House with a ‘Pimms on the Path Open Day’ on Thursday 30 June. Those who would like to find out about new community projects and training courses can call in at any time between 10am and 4pm during the day. Pimms and cream teas will be available.