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House of Memories dementia awareness training

woman in a care worker uniform holding an eldery man's hand

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Training programme overview

House of Memories is a museum dementia awareness training programme developed and delivered by National Museums Liverpool. You can read more about the success of the first phase of the scheme in the evaluation report (pdf) or watch a video to find out more.

The training centres on the fantastic objects, archives and life stories, held within National Museums Liverpool. It aims to provide social care staff (in care home and home care settings) with new skills and resources to share with people living with dementia, that will positively contribute to their wellbeing and quality of life, and offer potential alternatives to medication.

The training programme is a whole day workshop session. There is no charge for this training.

The current training is aimed at people working in the health and social care sector. We recommend that family carers and community volunteers sign up for our new House of Memories ‘buddy’ training programme instead – see below for details. 

Health and social care workshop dates 

New training dates have been released for those working in the health and social care sector to help people to live well with dementia. Due to unprecedented demand, we are now restricting the number of places that can be booked to a maximum of five per professional setting. The dates are:

  • 27, 28, 29, 30 April 2015
  • 1 May 2015

The course consists of one full day from 9.30am until approximately 3.30pm. There is no charge for the training, but it essential that you attend if you book as we always have a long reserve list. No-shows and late cancellations can mean that places go to waste, which ultimately impedes our progress in making people more dementia aware. So please don’t waste your training place.   

To book, please email learning@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk with your name, job title, organisation, full contact details and preferred date. All delegate names must be included to secure a place. We will confirm your booking, subject to availability, as soon as we are able to do so – usually within five working days. 

House of Memories ‘buddy’ day 

Has your life been touched by dementia? Do you live in the Liverpool postcode area? If the answer is yes, then the House of Memories ‘Buddy’ day is for you.

We are inviting carers, family members, friends and community volunteers to come along to the Museum of Liverpool to find out more about dementia and the resources and activity we can provide to support you and your loved ones. The ‘Buddy’ day, which is specifically designed for family carers, will include high-quality theatrical experiences, a chance to try out our innovative My House of Memories app and a museum memory tour. 

Please note that due to the sensitive nature of the topic, House of Memories may prompt an emotional response in those attending. You are welcome to take a break if necessary.

House of Memories ‘Buddy’ dates are:

  • 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 April 2015

Doors open at 9.30am for a 10am start, with free lunch provided and a prompt 2.30pm finish.

To book please email learning@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk or call 0151 478 4240 and leave your contact details and preferred date. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

The House of Memories ‘Buddy’ programme has been funded by Liverpool City Council and Barnett Waddingham. 

House of Memories training outcomes

Participants are encouraged to:

  • access a wide range of practical skills and knowledge to develop their practice;
  • understand how information about a person’s family history and personality can be used to support an individual to live well with dementia;
  • communicate with an individual using a range of cultural and arts based methods to stimulate positive interactions;
  • help individuals living with dementia enjoy life and make a positive contribution towards re-building self esteem and confidence;
  • provide a safe and secure environment for older people living with dementia in a museum and/or care setting;
  • involve carers and extended family to support individuals living with dementia, through shared creative activity;
  • connect with the National Museums Liverpool elder care programmes;
  • measure individual achievement aligned to the new Skills for Care (QCF) training strands.

Training locations 

During the second phase of training we held 20 training dates at the Museum of Liverpool between October 2012 and March 2013, supported by Mi - More Independent. 

In 2013 we also extended the House of Memories training programme to other venues in the North, in collaboration with local cultural partners and with support from the Department of Health. This included workshops at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Bury Art Museum and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. Read about the evaluation of the House of Memories Northern model, 2013 (pdf) .

In March 2014 the programme was further extended to the Midlands, with workshops in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester Guildhall and Wollaton Hall, Nottingham.