THE Wessex Heritage Trust has been running The Memory Box Project (MBP) since 2016 providing a free reminiscence service for people living with dementia.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and run by four members of staff, the trust works in eight hospitals, care homes, day centres and other organised groups.

But the coronavirus crisis means that the project has had to adapt to Government measures and has moved online instead of face-to-face interaction with those who benefit from the service.

Corey Hickman, project coordinator, said: “We have begun creating a weekly themed activity pack, released on a Monday. This pack contains a selection of reminiscence activities created by our team based on one of our 14 themes.

“For example a typical pack may contain a reminiscence guide with pictures and added materials, word games, colourings, match up games, poetry and a narrated PowerPoint, all with a strong reminiscence led structure prompting conversations and interactions between people living with dementia, carers and families.

“These are all available for download on our website

“Alternatively we have a mailing list for the materials to be sent directly to those who wish, they will also be automatically signed up to receive our free monthly newsletter with added activities included.”