Dementia friendly

Our staff have undertaken dementia awareness training and we are working to become a Dementia Friendly venue with the support of the Alzheimer’s Society and the Northern Ireland Museums Council.

All our workshops are designed to be engaging, enjoyable and multi-sensory for people living with dementia. We use object handling, reminiscence, music, and movement.

While we are temporarily closed, we can provide Dementia Friendly Workshops virtually.

Dementia friendly

Reminiscence

Reminiscence can improve a person’s emotional wellbeing. In our reminiscence workshops we use objects and photographs from the museum collection to stimulate conversations about the past.

Find out more about our Virtual Reminiscence Workshops

Dementia friendly

Sing for Victory workshops

Look back at life in the past and sing-along to songs from the 1940s with live piano by Music Therapist Karen Diamond.

Find out more about our Virtual Sing for Victory workshops

Dementia friendly

Reminiscence Loan Boxes

Our loan boxes contain objects and guidance notes designed to help activity therapists and community group leaders facilitate enjoyable reminiscence sessions.

Find out more about our Reminiscence Loan Boxes

Find out more about our reminiscence loan boxes from this video

Dementia Friendly

Blitz 80 Reminiscence Packs

Our Blitz 80 Reminiscence Pack highlights objects and stories from the museum collection to create an engaging and multi-sensory experience for community groups and care homes. Each pack includes:

  • Reminiscence guidance
  • First-hand Accounts of the Belfast Blitz
  • A Commemorative Craft Activity

Our Reminiscence Packs have been designed for use with people of various ages and are ideal for connecting people with the past and creating conversations about life.

Download a Blitz 80 Reminiscence Pack

Watch and Learn more about the April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers Craft Activity.

Dementia friendly

Free Sing for Victory CD

Based on our Sing for Victory Workshops, our Sing for Victory CD features 18 wartime songs for older people to enjoy at home. We’ve also created a songbook which contains lyrics and suggested chair-based exercises. Download the British Gymnastics Foundation exercise booklet for further instructions on the exercises.

For a free copy of the CD (while stocks last) please email outreach@niwarmemorial.org

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