Reminiscence work training launched


Applications are open for a new training course and apprenticeship scheme in reminiscence arts in dementia care.

The training and apprenticeship, in partnership with the University of Greenwich, will be of interest to arts practitioners, community arts workers, occupational and arts therapists, group workers, reminiscence practitioners and staff from health and social care services.

The course will be led by highly experienced reminiscence arts practitioners and trainers, with input from volunteers and former carers. It will be certificated by the European Reminiscence Network.

The two-day course will be held at the University of Greenwich on March 8 and 9.

There are also up to 10 places for trainees on the above course to join the new apprenticeship scheme to become an accredited facilitator of reminiscence groups.

The apprenticeship scheme involves attending, observing and participating in at least six out of 10 weekly group sessions of the Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today project in central London. These sessions will be held from March 13, on Monday afternoons from 15.30 to 17.30.

The training and apprenticeship scheme are part of a 10-country partnership, supported by the European Union, with a view to extending and sharing the European Reminiscence Network’s recent two-year project, Remembering Together: Reminiscence Training for people with dementia and their family carers.

The two-day training costs £120, and for those joining the apprenticeship scheme, there will be a further £120 fee. There is a small bursary fund so we can offer some places at a reduced rate.

For more information contact Pam Schweitzer at indicating your interest in the training course or both the training and apprenticeship, enclosing a CV.

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