Memory Lane is a community project based in Balsall Heath aiming to get the senior community together, to help combat loneliness and isolation by reminiscing about good times in an effort to prevent ageing conditions, such as Dementia.
Who are Memory Lane?
Memory Lane began as part of the BVSC and ‘Aging Better’ network, working with the South Asian elderly community, after identifying many people within the neighbourhood felt isolated and ignored.
The key objective of the project is to support and bring comfort to its service users via reminiscence activities. These activities have long been recognised as beneficial, both in reducing social isolation and improving the health of Alzheimer’s patients. Although the latter has been more prominent in recent years, particularly with sporting memory projects. Memory Lane uses photographs, music and film to stimulate memories and encourage communication between the group. The reminiscing workshops are run by recalling fond memories and looking back at the past to keep minds active and memories fresh.
The activities can provide long-term benefits to senior adults, they also deliver preventative support and advice to those suffering or at high risk of various ageing conditions. The project is keen to continue its work supporting the elderly community and their families.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
Memory Lane’s funding is due to end in February 2018. The £2,000 funding from LoveBrum will pay for six months worth of support worker costs and additional resources such the purchase of music and films for their weekly workshop.
Where can people go to find out more about Memory Lane?
Contact: Mamoona Shafique, Support Worker
Tel: 07583 086 987