Share and Share Alike with People living with Dementia
Flintshire County Council is working with Purple Platform to deliver a project
called “Share and Share Alike”.
Share and Share Alike is a new inter-generational project written, delivered by
Jane Meakin at Purple Platform - an organisation which uses proven drama
techniques to unleash creativity, boost confidence and develop presentation
skills in supportive and stimulating environments.
Jane has worked with local school children from Queensferry CP School and St
Ethelwold’s to instruct them in effective reminiscence techniques. This was in
preparation for their visit to patients with dementia at Deeside Community
During the visit, the children collected the patients’ life stories and
memories which they will use with Jane to write and record a collection of
poems. The recordings will form a unique outdoor poetry installation in the new
sensory garden at the hospital. In this way the memories of the dementia
patients will be shared with families, friends and the local community.
This unique project has been made possible by funding from Communities First
and other partners: Flintshire County Council, Deeside Community Hospital, the
Alzheimer’s Society along with the two local schools.
All learners in each school received “Dementia Friends” training to give them
an awareness of dementia. Jane then delivered workshops in effective
reminiscence techniques to 24 learners from each school.
Following one session, Jane tweeted what one learner had written: “As a
Dementia Friend, I will support people with dementia and help them with stuff
that they might forget. I could make notes for them and stick them around the
house, help do outdoor stuff like gardening or walking their dog. I will be
patient with them.”
Following the recent visit to the community hospital, Jane will facilitate the
creation of poems with the learners and record them. An outdoor poetry
installation will be introduced in a new sensory garden at the hospital.