Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Partnership’s Crafting Memories sessions use a range of creative means to encourage people to think about, talk about and take action in relation to life, age, death and loss. Frances Underhill, Macmillan Public Health and Wellbeing Officer, has taken a lead role in the development and delivery of the Crafting Memories initiative since its launch 12 months ago. Andrew Bennett spoke with Frances to find out more.
Q How did Crafting Memories start?
“Joy Tyrer, and myself a former colleague, had experience of using art and craft in a therapeutic way. The first session took place just over 12 months ago with people with dementia and their home carers. The session was a wonderful enriching and positive experience. It allowed the participants to document past memories but also to think about things that they hadn’t done or wanted to do; thus providing an opportunity for themselves and loved ones, for example to go for an afternoon tea or visit a place they had previously visited.”