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Remembering Together: Making a life history book

 

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Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is running a course Remembering Together: Making a life history book course this autumn.

A life history book is a homemade booklet compiled to capture memories and stories about a person’s life, whether to mark a significant birthday, a change in circumstances, the onset of Dementia or as a beautiful and creative gift for a loved one.

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will deliver a series of four workshops to support you to create a life history booklet for a family member’s life. This takes place on Thursdays 10am-1pm in November (2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd November) 2017.

Thanks so much for such a wonderful, inspiring and beautifully run day and thanks for your warmth and generosity. Thanks for the materials and hope we meet again soon. Course participant

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remembering-together-making-a-life-history-book-course-tickets-35049434803

More information:

Making a life history book can be an enjoyable and empowering activity for a person with dementia which may enable greater interaction and open up communication between someone with dementia and their carers, family and friends. A life history book may be something that visitors can look through with a person, or it can be referred to by professionals to learn more about the person they are providing care for.

The course can only accommodate 8 participants to create a supportive atmosphere so please book early to avoid disappointment. The cost is £100 (£80 concession) for the four week course which is three hours per week. The course will include the work book, resources, planning, materials and refreshments, as well as interim support and suggestions if needed.

Get in touch if you would like further information: strikealight@rocketmail.com

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Free Life Book making workshops this month!

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We’ll be running two free workshops making Life History books at Moulsecoomb Library in Brighton this month on 11th and 25th October 10-12pm.
Free parking and no need to book.
Come join in and make your own or make one for a family member or friend to celebrate and share their memories.
All welcome!
Thank you to East Brighton Trust for funding these sessions and to Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for hosting the first two activities.
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Affordable space to run your workshop!

Smiling directors 2017Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage has affordable space available to rent in its’ Brighton’s Open Market based studio (mezzanine level) between 9-6pm throughout the year.
 
If you’d like central Brighton space to try out a new workshop activity, run training sessions, access hot desk space space, or to run a regular creative session for up to eight people each time, then get in touch!
 
The space is currently available for the affordable price of £6 per hour for a minimum of two hours per session.
 
The studio offers broadband, a disability access lift, WC, heating, tables and chairs as well as a kitchen area with microwave, sink with running hot and cold water, and kettle etc for refreshments. Refreshments can also be provided as an extra cost.
If you would like to find out more about this facility or view the space, please contact the Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage: strikealight@rocketmail.com / 07727006538
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Two spaces left on course!

Flourish2017-43Only two spaces left on this Two Day Reminiscence Course in Brighton!
 
This two day training course based at Strike a Light’s studio in Brighton takes place on 7th & 8th December 2017 (10am-4pm).
 
It offers an overview of reminiscence work, including the background to the subject and will consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen. We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.
 
By the end of the course, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.
 
The training days will offer a more expanded exploration of reminiscence work. It will include a detailed background to the subject and consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.
 
We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.
 
The days will be interspersed with opportunities for the group to experience reminiscence activities, and group members will be encouraged throughout to contribute their own experience and ideas.
 
By the end of the training, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.
 
A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.
 

Funding from Dementia Action Alliance

embodying-hebrew-culture-56442.jpgWe’d like to say a huge thank you to the Dementia Action Alliance and Brighton & Hove Age UK (along with Dementia Friends and the Brighton & Hove NHS Clincial Commissioning Group) for funding us to deliver activities in partnership with Jewish Care to encourage the exploration of Mazel Tov Brighton  – Tradition through Movement specifically related to the movement of Jewish culture and its’ arrival in Brighton!

We’ll be starting activities in September 2017 and they’ll run for twelve months in and around the city. These will include outings to Brighton Museum, Holland Road Synagogue, and Brighton’s Open Market, as well as a series of dance performances at Hyman Fine House Jewish care home, along with  photographic exploration of this tradition between 2017-18. We’ll keep you updated!

We’ll also be training Brighton based Jewish Care staff in reminiscence and dementia awareness so that they are able to be self sustaining and skilled in delivering activities at the Hyman Fine House centre run by the charity Jewish Care.

Thanks also to The Homity Trust for supporting us.

Get in touch if you’d like to get involved: strikealight@rocketmail.com

We’re really looking forward to it. Mazel Tov!

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The Orange Lilies film

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Film maker Tracey Gue has made a lovely little evaluation film for our just completed project The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme.
 
You can watch it here on the Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage You Tube channel, along with other project short films made by young people for the project:
 
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Reminiscence courses this autumn!

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to offer two new courses this autumn and winter….
One Day Reminiscence Training Course on 3rd October 2017 10am – 4pm
Two Day Reminiscence Training Course in Brighton on 7th & 8th December 2017 10am – 4pm (both days)
See more below and on our website for further information: 

Introduction to Reminiscence – Reminiscence Training 

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The training day will offer an overview of reminiscence work.   It will include a brief background to the subject and will consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

By the end of the day participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.

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Flourish2017-43Two Day Reminiscence Training Course – 10:00 – 16:00 (Both days)

The training days will offer a more expanded exploration of reminiscence work. It will include a detailed background to the subject and consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

We will also consider the dividing lines between the role of a reminiscence facilitator and that of a counsellor/therapist along with the ethical issues that throws up.

The two days will be interspersed with opportunities for the group to experience reminiscence activities, and group members will be encouraged throughout to contribute their own experience and ideas.

By the end of the training, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course

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BENEFITS OF REMINISCENCE

Stimulates social interaction and communication
Reduces the feeling of isolation
Shares and captures family and local history
Increases the feeling of self-worth
Helps keep the mind stimulated
Allows participants to reflect on past and present
An enjoyable experience
Builds confidence
Generates community and support

PARTICIPANT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Share ideas with training group
Use resources, photos and artefacts in reminiscence delivery
 Increased confidence in delivery of activities
Group working skills
Awareness of the effects of dementia
One Day training: £60 organisations / £40 Individuals
Two day training: £100 organisations/£70 Individuals

Please email: strikealight@rocketmail.com or call 07727 006538 to book a session.

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The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme

The Orange Lilies project runs until July 2017, and we have free events and activities taking place throughout the rest of the project.

We have been uploading memories and research to our project website which we’d love you to view.

Visit and view our textiles banner about the impact of the Somme on the city, and a selection of films made by young people about the centenary of the battle in an exhibition of our work at Jubilee Library in the Youth area from now until 4th July.

Visit our project site for further information

Funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund

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Get in touch!

To keep up to date with Strike a Light’s free activities and projects, you can:
 
Twitter: @strikerlight
Email: strikealight@rocketmail.com
 
or drop in to our venue – Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Mazel Tov Brighton!

Strike a Light has been having a great time recently with a project called Mazel Tov Brighton! funded by The Homity Trust

The project celebrates links between Judaism and Brighton and Hove lives with residents of the Jewish Care charity run home Hyman Fine House. Coming up we have visits from  the Jewish Historical Society, Brighton Museum, and The Keep archives with a special German Jewish photographic collection.

We have project activities until the end of July 2017.