Prama secures funding to support Highcliffe people living with dementia.

Chris Wakefield & Donna Blanche

The Prama Foundation has been awarded £5,500 from the Leonardo Trust in order to set up a new PramaLIFE Memory Lane group in the Highcliffe and Christchurch area. The group will be run by a trained dementia worker, supported by volunteers and will provide a stimulating environment for people living with memory loss or dementia.

Group members can get involved in social activities, reminiscence sessions, singing, painting, physical activities and there is a specific Sporting Memories activity as well. Carers can attend the sessions with their loved ones, or can take a couple of well-needed hours for themselves, knowing that their cared-for person is in a safe and stimulating environment. One carer at another Prama Memory Lane group said, “As Official Carer for Mary, my Mother-in-Law, I cannot praise or thank PramaLIFE enough for their thoughtfulness, professionalism and kindness.

She finds the memory stimuli a welcome challenge, they help her think and thereby she is also given the opportunity to be involved, express her thoughts and feelings, join in with the interchanges and reminisce.”

Chris Wakefield, Fundraiser for the Prama Foundation said, “We are immensely grateful to the Leonardo Trust for enabling us to get a new Memory Lane group off the ground in Highcliffe and Christchurch; this will make a huge difference to local people living with dementia and memory loss, and their carers. We are currently researching venues and hope to announce an opening date in the very near future.”

While it costs £5,500 to set up a Memory Lane group, after one year, they become self-funding, which means that Prama’s fundraising efforts can go towards setting up new groups and helping even more people.

For more information about Prama activities, please call 01202 207300, email or find the website www.pramafoundation.org.uk

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