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Reminiscence for West Sussex

Training

We’re starting the first of day days of training in West Sussex this week to deliver bespoke reminiscence training to staff and volunteers in the West Sussex County Council Libraries Service in Worthing, Bognor, Crawley and Horsham amongst others between March and May 2019. 

If your organisation would like to access training tailored specifically for your staff or participants, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch for a quote!

You can see all the training we offer here:

https://strikealight.org/training/

Reminiscence West Sussex starts this week

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage starts its bespoke reminiscence training this Thursday to staff and volunteers at West Sussex County Council Library Services.

We will be delivering five training days at different libraries for the West Sussex Libraries Service between March and May 2019. 

If your organisation would like to access training tailored specifically for your staff or participants, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch for a quote!

Silver Foxes

We’re seeking a volunteer reminiscence facilitator to help support our Silver Foxes group which meets every Tuesday from 11-12pm in a central Brighton Sheltered Housing scheme.

Do get in touch if you’d like to get involved, learn new skills and become a part of your local community. Support will be given.

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This group is open to all over 60 and is free to attend.

We are exploring life memories, local history, trying new activities including bocca, table tennis and chair yoga to encourage participants to try new things, improve their memories and meet new people – oh and tea and biscuits of course!

Contact strikealight@rocketmail.com if you’d like to get involved.

Silver Foxes

We’re pleased to announce further funding for the Silver Foxes group from The Homity Trust. This means our group can continue until the summer.

Thanks to them we will be able to continue with weekly activities with older people at Brooke Mead Sheltered Housing Scheme until later this summer! This group is open to all over 60 and is free to attend.

The group meets every Tuesday each week from 11-12pm.

We are exploring life memories, local history, trying new activities including bocca, table tennis and chair yoga to encourage participants to try new things, improve their memories and meet new people – oh and tea and biscuits of course!

Contact strikealight@rocketmail.com if you’d like to attend or know someone who would.

Rise & View Krew

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage has been awarded funding to set up a new group and to deliver holiday club activities with young residents of the Saunders Park area of Brighton.

The group is called Rise & View Krew after the names of the local streets – Saunders Park View and Saunders Park Rise and will be free and open to accompanied children ages 5-11.

Join our Facebook group to find out more! https://www.facebook.com/RiseandViewKrew/

Activities are free, and for residents of Saunders Park.

The sessions will take place during the Easter holidays and summer holidays in April and August 2019.

We will have ten three hour sessions offering a variety of creative activities along with a healthy snack.

Dates:

1.       Friday 12th April

2.       Tuesday 16th April

3.       Thursday 18th April

4.       Thursday 30th May

5.       Tues 30th July

6.       Tues 6th August

7.       Fri 9th Aug

8.       Tues 13th August

9.       Tues 20th Aug

10.   Tues 27th August

Activities will include the following:
Calico print making and flags

Faux stained glass

Clay makes

Mosaic creation

We will encourage young participants to try new pursuits and acquire new skills, whilst meeting friends and accessing dedicated facilitation from staff and freelancers at Strike a Light to support this.

Booking details to follow

Rise & View Krew

Silver Foxes reminiscence group

Silver Foxes projectOur reminiscence group Silver Foxes (aimed at older people)continues and welcomes new participants.

The group will be based at Brooke Mead Sheltered Housing Scheme in Brighton  but is open to anyone over 60 years of age.

The group meets on Tuesdays every week from 11-12pm.
We will be exploring life memories, local history, trying new activities including boccia, table tennis and chair yoga to encourage participants to try new things, improve their memories and meet new people – oh and tea and biscuits of course!

We’d like to thank our funders for supporting this who are the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund through the Trust for Developing Community, and The Boost Charitable Trust. Thanks to both of these for helping to make this happen, and to Brighton and Hove City Council for in-kind support including the venue.

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Reminiscence for West Sussex

Training
We’re working with two new clients this spring, both in West Sussex to deliver bespoke reminiscence training to staff and volunteers in the area. The first is with Arundel Museum for their ‘Reaching Out’ project.


The second will be delivering five training days at different libraries for the West Sussex Libraries Service between March and May 2019. 

If your organisation would like to access training tailored specifically for your staff or participants, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch for a quote!

Silver Foxes group to start!

Silver Foxes projectWe’re pleased to announce that Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is setting up in a new reminiscence group aimed at older people called Silver Foxes. The group will be based at Brooke Mead Sheltered Housing Scheme in Brighton  but open to anyone over 60 years of age.

The group starts on 8th January 2019 and will meet every Tuesday each week from 11-12pm.

We will be exploring life memories, local history, trying new activities including bocca, table tennis and chair yoga to encourage participants to try new things, improve their memories and meet new people – oh and tea and biscuits of course!

We’d like to thank our funders for supporting this who are the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund through the Trust for Developing Community, and The Boost Charitable Trust. Thanks to both of these for helping to make this happen, and to Brighton and Hove City Council for in-kind support including the venue.

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Upcoming Reminiscence Training with Strike a Light

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Two Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton
This two day training course based at Strike a Light’s studio in Brighton takes place on 13th and 14th March 2019 (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.

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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 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
Course fees: Two day training (per person): £160 organisation rate / £120 Individuals
Please email: strikealight@rocketmail.com or call 07727 006538 to book the course.
 
Event address:
Strike a Light-Arts & Heritage
Studio 8
Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row
Brighton BN1 4JU
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Wild at Heart project

We have received  funding from The Homity Trust towards a new project called ‘Wild at Heart’. This project is a partnership between Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, the Low Carbon Trust based at Brighton’s Earthship, and the Restorative Justice Department of Children’s Services, in Brighton & Hove City Council.
Our project will deliver a series of planned activities to take place at the Earthship based in Stanmer Park Brighton (The Earthship  was built as a community centre for use by Stanmer Organics, a Soil Association accredited site in Brighton) to deliver training and skills around the environment and local plant life and planting with a group of dedicated young probationers with community service hours to invest in supported learning.
The participants will engage with activities with various groups based at Stammer Organics (next to the Earthship) including the Permaculture Association Plot and Green Woodworking.
With this project, Strike a Light plans to support the community to:

  • Transform a local area
  • Create ownership for service users and the local community
  • Improve local community relations
  • Revitalise the area
  • Pass on creative skills and education
  • Encourage environmental awareness

Between January  and April 2018, this will involve the delivery of a mosaic mural to be situated on the front of the Earthship which will be designed and created through training and workshops with probationers, Probation staff, Low Carbon Trust members, and volunteers. The mosaic would showcase local flora and fauna and be the first sight as visitors enter the Earthship area in Stanmer Park.
We will run 12 weekly sessions at the venue in the park to support this restorative justice, as well as self-managed learning with the young people attending the activities.
We will provide guidance and support for both the Restorative Justice Team, and the participants to learn about local flora and fauna, offer ornithological talks by the South Downs National Park Authority, (also based at Stanmer Park), increase understanding of the heritage of the area, explore the principles of permaculture, and create a beautiful mural which will remain in the location as a testament to this project, and be enjoyed by all visitors to the area into the future.
A key tranche of this scheme will be training ten young offenders, as well as Children’s Service coordinators and Low Carbon Trust Directors and volunteers to learn about the medium of mosaic with the end result being a the participatory creation and installation of community focussed bespoke mosaic mural. This will be sited on the font of the Earthship building on a long term basis to promote sustainable ideals and environmental awareness, including the venue being part of the South Downs National Park.
These activity and learning sessions sessions will be facilitated by a creative practitioner and supported by the Restorative Justice Team who would be responsible for the subsequent health and safety and supervising behaviour.
The participants’ ages range from 10 – 18 years old, with the majority of these being between 13-18 years old. The young offenders are a mix of male and female, however the client base is predominately male. All of the young people live in the Brighton and Hove area and in a mix of in school, college, some form of education, employment or NEET (not in education, employment or training). They include looked after children, as well as those living with parents.
This venue was the first Earthship to be built in England. Earthship Brighton is an off-grid building that heats, cools, powers itself from the sunharvests its water from the sky and treats its wastewater onsite using plants. The venue’s focus has been spreading a positive message of climate change education and helping people to modify their behaviour to live with a lighter carbon footprint through the training and events it offers.
The aims of the Earthship Brighton since it was built 20 years ago, has been deliver a sustainable community centre in response to a genuine local need, change values in the construction industry and inspire positive action in individuals to generate environmental change through modifying people’s behaviour to less carbon intensive lifestyles. This resonates soundly with our project aims to engage with disaffected young people and support their understanding for community involvement and development to the point where they are engaged in a way that means they would be less likely to re-offend.
This project offers a new opportunity for engagement, lifelong learning and enjoyment, whilst offering participants, volunteers and staff the facility to support youth involvement and gain relevant sills themselves. This project will also allow volunteers to contribute their own ideas to the project in the form of the final mural design.
Outcomes from this project will be:

  • The youth offending community to feel a proud sense of ownership within their locality
  • Improving lock spaces that require renovation
  • Creating a locally based project combining creative arts and environmental themes.
  • A new bespoke mosaic mural supporting a colourful, safe community spaces