Reminiscence Learning were honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO to Reminiscence Learning on Tuesday 24th September 2019.
The Countess of Wessex formally opened the new Respite Activity Sessions and unveiled a plaque to commemorate her visit. Respite Activity Sessions have a user led programme including creative activities, activities of daily living, cognitive and memory stimulating activities and active music. This innovative approach to day care, made possible thanks to funding from Somerset County Council is available on Mondays and Fridays with whole or half day places, with homecooked lunch and refreshments, providing essential respite time for family carers
The Countess also met some of the primary school children who have been taking part in the intergenerational dementia awareness Archie Project, which has been launched with all five schools in central Wellington this September. The Archie Project is an intergenerational dementia awareness project which links primary school children with a care setting, to raise awareness and understanding and ultimately reduce the fear and stigma often still associated with dementia.
This opportunity created a real sense of excitement for those who attend the sessions at Reminiscence Learning and provided the team with a real chance to celebrate the success of the charity.
Prior to the visit the charity received the following heartfelt message from their Ambassador, Mrs Annie Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset;
“I just wanted you to know that I’m very excited about tomorrow and Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex’s visit to you. I hope it will be utterly fabulous and that everyone will realise that the reason for this, is because you are doing a magnificent thing and it’s time you were recognised and rewarded for it!
I feel so very proud of what you are doing and that it is part of our life in Somerset. It’s a level of care and compassion which sets such a high standard”
The charity were also delighted to welcome their patron Angela Rippon CBE who was so generous with her time and took the opportunity to stop and chat with all who attended – adding even more excitement to a truly special day!