A group of our A level students took part in an intergenerational reminiscence project with the M&S Company Archive, to help people suffering with dementia.
The students, who all had an interest in the caring profession, attended a Dementia Friends training course and visited the M&S Company Archive to design craft projects using reminiscence to inspire care-home residents.
They attended St Martin’s Court Care home every Wednesday for six weeks, working with a group of residents to produce bunting that now proudly hangs in their day room.
Kay McLeod, Deputy Head of A levels at Leeds Sixth Form, said: “On the final week, students had a celebration with the residents, and many of their family members too, showing photographs of the project so that residents could identify with some of the pieces they had personally created.
“The confidence gained by the students, as well as the compassion and respect they showed to the elderly people has been wonderful to see.”
Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities, which promote greater understanding and respect between generations. The M&S Company Archive’s collection is full of objects and images that can be used in reminiscence therapy; working with groups of different ages can uncover new ways of looking at and using the collection.