Yorkshire Coast Homes and Scarborough Museums Trust are partnering to deliver a second ‘Outside the Box’ project across the Scarborough and Whitby area.
The recently launched project aims to reduce social isolation in older people by running ten one-hour reminiscence sessions per month over a 12 month period across the borough, in a mixture of care homes and community locations.
The sessions are being delivered by reminiscence professionals, supported by young volunteers from a variety of community organisations, including a number of local schools and youth groups. The sessions will involve handling objects from the Scarborough Museums Trust collections, which all come from within living memory.
Reminiscence has proved to be a really powerful tool for bringing people together to share their memories, and the supporting young people will come along to hear and record the stories that people have to tell.
Outside the Box was successfully piloted by the two organisations last year in YCH community centres, and proved so popular that the free to attend, one-hour sessions are now being rolled out across the Scarborough, Whitby and Filey areas with the intention of addressing loneliness in older people, increasing opportunities and building communities.
The project will be introducing an app developed by the University of Bristol as part of their reminiscence project, Tangible Memories: Parlours of Wonder, and the outcomes of the Scarborough project will feed into their research.
Some of the results will be published as a series of e-books and will be seen alongside some of the objects used and photographs of the project as part of an exhibition in Scarborough Art Gallery’s community gallery in 2018.
Stephanie Lake, Yorkshire Coast Homes Community Involvement Officer, said: “We’re very happy to have launched this project which we hope will build on the success of our pilot
series of Outside the Box sessions. The introduction of an intergenerational aspect to the project, along with the promise of an exhibition to round the scheme off, is particularly exciting for everyone involved.”
Emily Nelson, Community Curator for Scarborough Museums Trust, added: “We’re so excited to get this project off the ground. Reminiscence is such a powerful tool to build relationships between people whoever they are and whatever their age, and it’s a great way to get the museum’s handling collections out into the public, where they can really be used and appreciated“
The Outside the Box sessions are free of charge and open to everyone with an interest in exploring or re-visiting the past within a relaxed, friendly and fun social environment.
For fully detailed information on the dates, times and locations of all sessions please check the Outside the Box news item on the Yorkshire Coast Homes Website at http://www.ych.org.uk.
Alternatively please contact Stephanie Lake, Yorkshire Coast Homes Community Involvement Officer: 07799 114423