Reminiscence Learning chief heading Down Under to kick-start 'Archie' project (From This is The West Country)
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Reminiscence Learning chief heading Down Under to kick-start 'Archie' project
6:30am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
A CHARITY worker from Taunton is getting ready to go Down Under to raise awareness of an innovative dementia campaign.
Fiona Mahoney, chief executive of Reminiscence Learning, is introducing the ‘Archie’ project, which aims to help dispel the stigma of dementia.
‘Archie’ himself is a brightly knitted scarecrow and the mascot for the whole campaign.
Fiona said: “We have produced a book – ‘Archie’s Story’ – which forms the focal point of the project.
“It is designed to explain simply without being patronising that there are many types of dementia.
“It illustrates the main signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and the things we should say and do to prevent a person with dementia from feeling ignored.
“The project links schools, care homes, businesses, services and community members.”
Next month Fiona is travelling to meet representatives of Alzheimer’s South Australia and Southern Cross Care South Australia, who are sponsoring the trip.
She will be deliver workshops at a conference in Melbourne and will talk to staff from the main sponsors and care home managers at a variety of forums.
Fiona said: “I will also visit the town of Goolwa near Adelaide to introduce the Archie’s story with a view to the project being launched as a pilot in Australia.”
The Archie project was piloted last year in Williton and has since gone from strength to strength.
The concept won the care innovator award at the South-West region of the Great British Care Awards and is now being introduced in schools across the region.
For more information visit www.reminiscencelearning.co.uk/archie
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