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Cooper Associates Foundation helps local project break down barriers in dementia

The Cooper Associates Foundation proudly donated £5,700 to The Archie Project, devised by and operated by Reminiscence Learning. The Archie Project is an innovative, fun and successful project which aims to break down barriers and increase understanding of dementia.

Reminiscence Learning has been working on the intergenerational project which brings together older people suffering from dementia with primary school aged children. This award-winning concept provides mutual benefit to the old and the young, with activities designed to alleviate the effect of dementia through engagement for the elders, while encouraging compassion among the children and educating them on the effects of dementia.

Typically hosted in a care home, older people get to share their life stories and memories, which is recorded, displayed and presented by the children. Relatives, carers, care home staff and schoolteachers also benefit enormously from these sessions.

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Cooper Associates Foundation Trustee, Kevin Parsons (right), presents Reminiscence Learning with a cheque donation.

The five schools in Wellington, already linked with numerous care homes, can continue to embrace the project with the help of the Foundation’s contribution, throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.

Kevin Parsons, a trustee of the Cooper Associates Foundation, had the following to say upon presenting the cheque to Reminiscence Learning:

“The funding we have provided will help enable a programme in Wellington which links primary schools with a care home throughout the academic year; empowering children with the knowledge and life skills to confidently engage with the older generations, including people with a dementia by providing awareness for the children, teachers and community members.

This will help reduce the fear and stigma often associates with dementia and improve the quality of life for people living with dementia – providing opportunities for meaningful engagement with younger people.”

Emma Green, Manager at Reminiscence Learning, said;

‘We are so excited to receive the grant from The Cooper Associates Foundation to help us continue the Archie Project here in Wellington where we are based.

The five schools and linked care settings have really embraced the project this year and we are look at ways to research the impact that saturating a small town has, we feel this will provide strong evidence of the benefit of the projectfor the future.

We really appreciate the interest Cooper Associates Foundation has shown in Archie.”

More information on the Archie Project, with examples of its playful accomplishments, can be found here.

We encourage local charities who are looking for support to get in touch. Our Foundation focuses on children and young people who have special needs through illness or disability, or who are disadvantaged in other ways, as well as other local projects in need of support. For more information and details on our current themes and funding criteria, email foundation@cooperassociatesltd.com

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