Musical Memory Boxes

“Sarah is a thoughtful and highly professional artist and facilitator. She is hardworking and caring, showing great attention to detail in planning how best to offer an exciting and interactive experience for people living with dementia. Sarah started each workshop with a poetry session, which introduced the theme, helping people to buy into the session through group and solo reciting, call and response, singing, movement etc. Bringing an immediacy and laughter to the room, this enabled the group to relax and enjoy themselves and also meant that people were able to contribute at different levels and showcase different skills. The passing round of relevant objects also helped them to focus on the artwork they were about to make. Sarah’s oral history skills were put to use in facilitating life story work which featured in the art pieces. She worked hard to ensure the art making was accessible to the group of varied abilities, and this showed in the very lovely and personal finished artwork.”

Since qualifying as a facilitator in Reminiscence Arts in Dementia care, I’ve been working on a number of reminiscence projects, including a series of creative workshops over a six week period, creating Musical Memory Boxes with participants at the Pullen Centre in Pimlico, in London. The project was designed and delivered with a very talented artist, called Iris Musel and was a great success. All the participants thoroughly enjoyed the process and were completely amazed and thrilled with their beautiful boxes. I received this lovely testimonial from Kathryn Gilfoy, Director Westminster Arts.


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