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House of Memories: End of Year Report

(October 14, 2014)

Steve on the Mersey

Walton Mp Steve Rotheram has reaffirmed his commitment to support the National Museum's Liverpool's fantastic House of Memories project. 

In an impressive end of year review it was revealed that the Liverpool-based non-pharmaceutical treatment has helped:

  • Trained more than 6000 health, housing and social care participants.
  • Was the winner of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) regional award 2014.
  • Was highly Commended in the Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friendly Awards 2014      
  • Was the winner of the Museums and Heritage Awards 2014 - national educational initiative.
  • Shortlisted, Innovate Dementia European Award (The World Health and Design Forum 2014)

The project also received support from the Department of Health to deliver training and resources in collaboration with cultural providers in Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham. The ‘Midlands model’ has been independently evaluated by the Institute of Cultural Capital to measure the social return on investment and impact of the programme for dementia care. The findings are impressive and you can access the report on their website:

 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/learning/documents/house-of-memories-midlands-evaluation-2014.pdf

And in June HoM launched the My House of Memories app. This unique and innovative ‘free’ digital memory resource (for iPads and other tablets) is the first of its kind anywhere in the world and has been co-created by people living with dementia and their carers. You can view the short (3 minute) video on he HoM website, to see My House of Memories app in action and understand its value as a powerful resource for conversation and communication:

 www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/memoryapp.

 As I always say in Westminster...where Liverpool leads, Britain follows. I've be honoured to lobby the government in Westminster for support and to host an event on the Terrace Pavillion to show this project off to colleagues from all four corners of the country. 

The ambition for House of Memories is boundless and the dedicated staff continue to look for new opportunities to expand and make positive change for people living with dementia and their carers.  I'll continue to do everything I can to support them in their important and innovative work. 

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