House of Memories leads to MBE

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Carol_RogersIn this post, Carol Rogers, Executive Director Education and Visitors, reflects on the professional journey that led to an MBE in the New Year honours: "When I developed the idea for House of Memories in 2011, I did not anticipate that we were launching an award winning dementia awareness programme that would make a real impact to the lives of people living with dementia, their carers and their families. House of Memories is not a new idea, it is built upon the long established tradition of National Museums Liverpool connecting with local communities and its value to the public is quite simple – museums are really good at looking after memories, whether they are from yesterday or thousands of years ago. It made sense to me to share this understanding with the care community supporting people living with dementia, and to date we have trained more than 7000 carers to develop their understanding of dementia, through our memory activities and FREE app download - My House of Memories. In 2014 the programme won several regional and national awards recognising the power of our approach which has encouraged me to develop a wider national programme to begin in April 2015. It is a great privilege to be associated with House of Memories success and the recent announcement that I am to be honoured by the Queen with an MBE is a wonderful acknowledgment. An invitation to Buckingham Palace will sit most comfortably alongside the opportunity to visit care homes and see residents, carers and families laughing, singing and remembering together as a result of House of Memories. And that is a real honour."