European Reminisence Network

Review of RYCTT project: UK

Our RYCTT project

Camden group

Caroline Baker, group leader for the RYCT project over many years, writes about the Training and Apprenticeship scheme

Caroline Baker, group leader for the RYCT project over many years, writes about the Training and Apprenticeship scheme 
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Over the last two years, we have run six training courses, attracting 100 people. During this time, we have also held 56 reminiscence sessions, reached 33 families and worked with five organisations.

We have run four apprenticeship schemes, attracting 35 people from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, all of whom have completed the course requirements. Two of these schemes were in south-east London in partnership with the Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, one in partnership with Camden Carers and one in west London in partnership with Westminster Arts.  Over the two years, we have reached 33 families and worked with five organisations.

You may read about different aspects of the training course and apprenticeship below:

The 2-day training course

  • Image © Lorenzo HernandezThe 2-day training course was delivered 6 times by Pam Schweitzer (ERN Coordinator) and supported by Errollyn Bruce, Caroline Baker and Kath Gilfoy (RYCT facilitators)

  • 81 participants in all attended the course from various backgrounds: visual artists, theatre workers, musicians, dancers, arts therapists, dementia care staff, day care, community artists, film makers, oral historians, nursing and care staff and students

  • The project was supported by the University of Greenwich Drama Programme, Camden Carers, Woolwich Memorial Hospital, Westminster Arts. Image © Lorenzo Hernandez

The Apprenticeship scheme

  • Westminster group

    Kath Gilfoy, RYCTT facilitator, writes about running the Apprenticeship scheme in Westminster

    Kath Gilfoy, RYCTT facilitator, writes about running the Apprenticeship scheme in Westminster
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    25 apprentices participated in our apprenticeship project, which took place in sheltered housing unit lounges and day centres in south-east London, Camden and Westminster

  • We ran 10 sessions and apprentices were required to attend at least 8 sessions. Reminiscence groups have been led by Pam, Caroline and Kathryn. 3-4 sessions of these sessions were led by apprentices.    

  • The apprentices were visual artists, theatre workers, musicians, arts therapists, dementia care staff, day care, community artists, film makers, oral historians
  • "It has unlocked a lot of good memories that we may have forgotten"
    Person with dementia

    They were required to complete session records, keep records of debriefing meetings, attend preparation sessions and gradually assume the more active role in group-leading, planning and leading sessions
  • 14 men and 9 women with dementia were involved in the project, plus 8 men and 19 women carers

Image © Lorenzo Hernandez
Image © Lorenzo Hernandez

"We were blessed with a remarkable group - but perhaps all groups are remarkable...maybe it is the process, maybe it is Pam, or maybe it is having such a large and attentive team of apprentices and volunteers - but everyone seemed to be special, eccentric or talented in some way - all memorable"
Family carer

Assessment of apprentices:

  • Practical work in the sessions was assessed by session leaders (Pam Schweitzer, Caroline Baker and Kath Gilfoy).

  • Final written assignments were assessed by Pam Schweitzer (project co-ordinator) and Errollyn Bruce (project planner)

  • Pam Schweitzer and Errollyn Bruce devised a marking scheme which was applied across the project

  • They offered the option of submitting a film or video diary of the project instead of a written essay and one apprentice produced a film reflecting her understanding of the special qualities of the group.

CertificatesCertification:

  • 25 apprentices completed the programme

  • 56 certificates were given to people who only completed the 2-day training course and 25 certificates were given to apprentices, accrediting them as RYCT group facilitators

The RYCT apprentice-led programme at Hider Court (Feb-May 2014)

View the essay by Emma Golby-Kirk in full:

Kath Gilfoy, RYCTT facilitator, writes about running the Apprenticeship scheme in Westminster
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Emma Golby-Kirk, an apprentice in the south Greenwich project in 2014, defines her experience of the project in this extract from her essay:

"I have whole-heartedly enjoyed the process of learning to deliver the RYCT programme through the apprentice-led sessions and, despite some minor concerns about my areas for development, I feel enthusiastic about delivering a RYCT programme in my home area of Hampshire and positive about the validity of the well-being benefits that the programme has to offer."

A sequence Emma's photographic highlights from the project:


Week 6 (Images 1 & 2 above):The group unite to act out a wedding, Chris and Christine are married by Linda and Lily shares a dance with apprentice, Maria.
Week 7 (Image 3 above):Lily plants some seeds.


Week 8 (Images 1 & 2 above): John and daughter Susan bathe and change the baby together and reminiscence about Susan’s baby days.


Week 9 (Images 1 above):The team help David act out a memory of a coach trip.
(Image 2 above): Iris makes a picture showing trips out with husband John, helped by Wioletta.
Week 10: A friendship flourishes between Alan and David.

End products from the Camden project

Art projects
Art works created during the Camden project:

  • art end products
A wall chart

  • A wall hanging

  • Crocheted recipes

  • An apron

  • A memory box for the Bowlby concert

  • A wall hanging of a house

  • Drawings of friends and neighbours

 

Carers' responses to the project:

Reminiscence sessions

  • "She talks about this club all week to her family –without any prompting. It takes a lot of pressure off me – she has something else to talk about; it’s not just me and the four walls"
    Family carer

    "John plays the piano much more at home now. He was there this morning at 8.15 and can keep playing for longer. He can see the pleasure he gives. It’s wonderful to see how my cared for person is related to by everyone"
  • "I’m being positive with mum about cooking again. She said “Let’s buy some cakes” and I said “Yes mum, we can take cakes, but we’ll make them”. I say it every day and we will do it"
  • "Tom is offering to help me more. I used to say no but now I say yes as it makes him feel useful"
  • "It’s great to have somewhere to go to have fun. When Hermione gets up in the middle of the night, fully dressed in hat and coat and ready to go out, it drives me mad; but we can come here together and it’s really fun"

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The UK RYCTT project

UK RYCTT project

View our presentation: an overview of the UK RYCTT project which was presented at the London ERN symposium:

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Reminiscence in Dementia care

Reminiscence in Dementia care

View a presentation by Pam Schweitzer: Reminiscence in Dementia care which was presented at the Poznan ERN conference and meeting:

Reminiscence in Dementia care
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Feedback from trainees & apprentices

Feedback from trainees & apprentices

A detailed evaluation of the 2-day training course by two of the trainees:

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An evaluation from an apprentice:

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Written final assignments

Below are 3 essays prepared by apprentices for the RYCTT Apprenticeship programme:

Reflections on being an apprentice on a project using creative reminiscence with people with dementia and their family caregivers

By Lucy Pashley:

Reflections on being an apprentice on a project using creative reminiscence with people with dementia and their family caregivers

Reflections on being an apprentice on a project using creative reminiscence with people with dementia and their family caregivers
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Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today essay

By Maria Esposito:
Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today

Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today
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Image © Lorenzo Hernandez

By Marta Moreno:
Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today Apprenticeship Scheme

Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today Apprenticeship Scheme.
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Marta Moreno's blog:

Reminiscence Training: A celebration of memories

Reminiscence Training: A celebration of memories
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A letter of thanks

Letter of thanks

View a letter to Pam Schweitzer from a family carer and her husband who attended the Remiscence sessions:

A letter of thanks
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Carers' responses to RYCTT

Carers responses

View PDF files of the London Carers' responses to RYCTT - the third file also includes responses from people with dementia:

Carers' responses
Click to view: Ted & Lyn /
Maggie & Hermione
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Carers' responses

Click to view: Anita & Ludwig [765k]

Feedback from families

Family feedback

Read the views of family carers and people with dementia in a debrief after one of the RYCTT sessions on the 20/11/2013:

Feedback from families 

Click to view: family feedback [300k]

Previous RTRT project

Our previous reminiscence project can be viewed on the RTRT area of the site: Click to view

Contact us

Contact us

European Reminiscence Network, London, UK

Address: 15 Camden Row, London SE3 0QA

web www.europeanreminiscence
network.org

Tel 0044 208 852 9293

Pam Schweitzer
email
pam@pamschweitzer.com
web www.pamschweitzer.com

Lottery funded

Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

Lifelong Learning Programme

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.