House of Memories dementia awareness training
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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’ programme
We are delighted to announce a new House of Memories ‘buddy’ programme – a new version of our training day for family carers, community champions and volunteers, in partnership with Liverpool City Council. The House of Memories ‘buddy’ scheme will introduce dementia awareness and a range of memory activities to 500 volunteers and family carers in Liverpool postcode areas.
To express an interest in attending, please email email@example.com with your name, email, phone number and state whether you are a family carer or community volunteer. Dates and details of how to book will be released soon.
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.
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.