Sound Memories Radio station, has been developed by Cheryl Beer as part of project to create lasting memories and friendship through common stories in our retirement communities.
The Gwalia Trust has awarded Cwm Aur Retirement Complex in Llanybydder £750 to develop the initiative further. Cwm Aur is run by Gwalia Care and Support, part of the Pobl Group. As a result Richard and Nellie Ings shared their love tale story with Care Award winner Cheryl Beer.
The poet and community artist from Carmarthenshire, records memories associated with some of their favourite pictures to be shared for Sound Memories Radio Station and their neighbours at Cwm Aur Retirement Complex.
Mr Ings, aged 90, said the memories came flooding back as he, Cheryl and 94-year-old Nellie looked through pictures.
He said: “Nellie didn’t really get a word in edge ways. We thoroughly enjoyed reminiscing about how we met, got married and other parts of our wonderful life together. I thought we’d be embarrassed sitting there while our neighbours and friends watched out pictures and listened to our story but I wasn’t. This has been an amazing experience.”
Gwalia Trust chairman John Morse said the Trust is committed to supporting projects which enhance the lives of those we work with.
He said: “Sound Memories Radio is a fantastic initiative. The Trust is impressed by the
benefits Sound Memories Radio is having on those living with dementia and are delighted to be supporting the expansion of the project to involve the wider community. The £750 grant will enable Cheryl to support tenants of Cwm Aur to talk about their life memories and share them with generations to come through Sound Memories Radio.”
Cheryl has carried out several research projects at Gwalia Care and Support, part of the Pobl Group, residential and care homes.
She said: “Sound Memories Radio is a great way of enabling the older community to help each other whilst creating their own wonderful life memory keepsake for them and their family and/or carers. Nellie and Richard had a wonderful story to tell and allowed us to share their memories with their neighbours at Cwm Aur.
“Its core aim is to be dementia friendly and inclusive in all of its considerations, engaging older people to help each other by sharing wonderful life memories. The funding has enabled us to record 4 digital stories, ensuring they are accessible to all. It is fascinating to find out what is unique about each person as well as their shared experiences.”
Sound Memories not only creates a digital resource for friends and families of participants but also benefits those with dementia by bring memories to life through pictures and participants own voices.
Mark Lewis, Director of Care for Gwalia Care and Support, said: “Storytelling and reminiscence is particularly successful when a person’s short-term memory has started to deteriorate but their memories from years ago remain intact. Recording and playing back their memories can help engage a person with dementia and improve their quality of life.”
Sound Memories can be found on http://soundmemoriesradio.weebly.com/