Wellington-based Reminiscence Learning’s Chief Executive Fiona Mahoney has won the Care Innovator category at the South West Great British Care Awards for creating the intergenerational Forest School project.
Fiona developed a partnership with Otterhead Forest School which supports children from 7 to 16 with social, emotional and mental health needs to provide a solution for actively engaging with individuals with younger onset dementia in an outdoor environment. The project was set up after identifying an increasing number of younger people accessing Reminiscence Learning’s regular community programme.
Reminiscence Learning’s Emma Green said, “Evaluation has shown that the project benefits all involved. Those with younger onset dementia become more active and have increased drive and motivation with a real sense of enthusiasm to return and complete tasks, while the children were able to empathise with the adults with dementia, increasing their awareness, understanding and caring sensibilities. Carers commented that they were able to capture something of the person they knew, while having respite from the care responsibilities.”
The next step will be the National Great British Care Awards and all the team at Reminiscence Learning have everything crossed for more success for Fiona in March 2019!
For more information on any of the projects that we deliver contact the team on 01823 668676 or email@example.com