Park House Holding Special Community Event

The Memory Cafe

The Memory Cafe

A special one-day event is being held on Wednesday, where members of the community can find out about the islands’ care home, Park House and volunteer their own services.

It’s taking place in the St Mary’s Church Pavilion and one area they’re focusing on is the use of music to improve memory.

The Council’s Head of Adult Social and Community Care, Clive Acraman, says that the power of music, especially singing, to unlock memories and kick-start the grey matter is increasingly recommended.

“It seems to reach parts of the brain that other forms of communication cannot reach,” he says.

Jenny Byers and the Council’s Active Living co-ordinator Leonie Jones already hold weekly singing sessions on Mondays, with Jenny on the accordion and Leonie leading the singing.

And they’re looking for people to help out with the music sessions.

You don’t need to have ‘perfect pitch, just the willingness to have ago and help someone else turn the pages of a songbook, says Clive.

Memory boxes have also been put together with the help of the Isles of Scilly Museum, which has lent a large number of artefacts, such as back numbers of the Scillonian magazine, an old butter press, vintage car horns and wartime posters.

Clive says that older people, including those with dementia, often retain excellent memories of the past. Using Memory Boxes can encourage them to talk about their own personal histories, he says.

Leonie is also looking for people with an interest in the past to share memories with the group. She can be contacted on 422392 or at ljones@scilly.gov.uk

The Park House event in at the Church Pavilion on May 22nd. The morning session begins at 10am and the afternoon at 2pm.