Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage created a magazine recently about Brighton and Hove Jewish history as part of our just completed Mazel tov Brighton project.
You can view the digital version of the magazine here: 18-323-NC Hyman Fine Mazel Tov Brighton Magazine
The project has celebrated the links between Judaism and Brighton and Hove lives with residents of the Jewish Care charity run home Hyman Fine House, many of whom were born in the city in the 1920s and 30’s and remember it well, including shops, people, places and rituals.
The project began in April 2017 and ran until autumn 2018. The project celebrates Judaism through active aging, finding physical as well as mental ways to address early onset dementia.
We have done this through dance activities and physical workshops, whilst exploring Brighton’s Jewish history, with residents of Hyman Fine House (HFH). Dance practitioners have encouraged physical activity with residents and carers that celebrate traditional Jewish performance including Sephardic dance, the Hora, and Flamenco which has links with this heritage.
Through this project, we have revitalised residents, generated energy, uncovered memories, and explored city heritage. This project ensures generational memories aren’t lost to dementia, preserving physical traditions and movement; celebrating Judaism’s rich tradition.
Strike a Light continues with its’ project Mazel tov Brighton! Movement through Tradition celebrating links between Judaism and Brighton and Hove lives with residents of the Jewish Care charity run home Hyman Fine House.
The project celebrates Judaism through active aging, finding physical as well as mental ways to address early onset dementia. We are doing this through dance activities and physical workshops, whilst exploring Brighton’s Jewish history.
We began this project in April 2017 and due to further funding, will be able to run it until summer 2018 thanks to Brighton and Hove Dementia Action Alliance
We are really enjoying our ongoing project Dancing with Dementia in Brighton, encouraging older residents with dementia to stay active, and using music to trigger memories.
Thanks to the Healthy Collaboration fund through Trust for Developing Communities for this support and the Mrs A Lacy-Tate Trust for joint funding us to deliver a series of activities at Brooke Mead, a new purpose built Dementia focussed sheltered housing scheme run by BHCC in Brighton and Hove.
One Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton
This One day training course based at Strike a Light’s studio in Brighton takes place on Wednesday 16th May 2018 (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 day 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 day will include 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.
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
One day training cost: £85 organisations/£60 Individuals
Complete this booking form and send payment to attend the course:
One Day Reminiscence Course Booking – Strike a Light 2018 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the booking form to book the course.
If you have further queries, call 07727 006538
We are currently seeking a freelance facilitator with some experience in dance, music or movement to deliver two sessions for our upcoming Dancing with Dementia project in Brighton.
Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage would like to thank the Mrs A Lacy-Tate Trust for joint funding us to deliver a series of activities at Brooke Mead, a new purpose built Dementia focussed sheltered housing scheme run by BHCC in Brighton and Hove.
The project is called Dancing with Dementia – Creating spaces for dance and movement.
This sum will make a huge difference in enabling us to develop and facilitate a programme of events for older people who will benefit immensely from this engagement.
Clare Hankinson – Fabrica gallery
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
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: email@example.com
We’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: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re really looking forward to it. Mazel Tov!