Living Memories Latest Activities

16th November 2022
Living Memories Latest Activities

Living Memories C.I.C. is providing resources and services that help to reduce the isolation and improve the health and wellbeing of older people, particularly those living with dementia, which is now a priority in our communities across the UK. 

Following over two years of self-funded practical research Living Memories C.I.C., a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Devon, is using over 2,500 archive film programmes from the 20th century from major UK archive collections, to create audio-visual reminiscence resources and services. 

These audio-visual resources and services are being used to help older people, including those living with dementia, to trigger memories which encourage their communication with family, friends and neighbours.

We are currently using archive films as the basis for:

  • Developing our Living Memories Online archive film streaming service for streaming archive films and reminiscence resources on a subscription basis for delivery to tablets, mobile phones and other devices and casting to TV. The service can be used privately at home as well as in Memory Cafes, care and residential homes, hospitals, Community Health & Wellbeing Hubs, retirement communities and other locations.

  • Creating and publishing an ongoing series of topic-based DVDs, each with a 30+ page Reminiscence Guide, which can be used one-to-one or with groups to run reminiscence sessions or just to stimulate chats about the difference between life today and in the mid-20th century. Many older people will use DVDs, but not the internet, so our award-winning DVDs are ideal for them.

  • Encouraging the formation of our award-winning Tea & Memory community reminiscence groups at which older people meet regularly to watch several archive films and then chat over tea, coffee and biscuits about the memories which are triggered by the films. The social impact of the groups is proving to be very positive, and we are working closely with the NHS Social Prescribing Nurses, who refer patients to our Groups.

For more information please contact: 

Brian Norris, Executive Director, Living memories CIC 

Tel: 44 (0)1297 552358 / 44 (0)79222 33363