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Virtually Dementia Friendly Museums

During the past year NI War Memorial, Mid Antrim Museum, Causeway Coast and Glens Museums Services, Tower Museum and Armagh Robinson Library & No. 5 Vicars' Hill have found creative ways to engage with those living with dementia and their carers. These projects aim to address the isolation of the pandemic and offer a positive wellbeing impact brought through social connection and engaging with resources of local museums and their collections.

30 March 2021

Several projects have run during 2020-21.  Love to Move Online whiich combined dementia friendly chair based exercise with collections- inspired discussion was the first online project during late spring/early summer 2020.  In the autumn this moved into Memories, Movement and Museums which again combined chaired-based exercise but the focus on collections and objects was enhanced by the creation of covid-secure loan box resources to support and enhance the online engagement sessions.  Activities have enaged with individual service services in their own homes as well as groups within care homes.  The reach of the musuem has changed with in the example of Armagh Robinson Library and No 5 Vicars' Hill Dementia NI empowerment group members from across NI were able to participate.  

The positive partnerships and learnings from 2020 are being built on during spring 2021 where a group of the museums will collaboarte with the Armstrong Storytelling Trust to deliver a project funded by Arts Council NI to engage with those isolated during the pandemic, many of the individuals involved in this project will be living with a diagnosis of dementia.