Powerful exhibition celebrating stories of Cardiff residents living with dementia
Gofal is launching ‘Not Forgotten’, a powerful exhibition sharing the stories of Cardiff residents living with dementia. The exhibition will run from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July at the Cardiff Story Museum.
The exhibition, funded by the National Lottery and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has been formed by Dementia Integration and Link (DIAL) and Not Forgotten, with the aim of capturing and showcasing the memories and stories of Cardiff residents living with dementia.
Not Forgotten will host a documentary film and an interactive display to delve deeper into these memories. Stunning portrait photographs of participants will also be on display, as well as a variety of craft-based projects, dementia awareness workshops and ‘how to’ workshops offering practical advice and guidance about Cognitive Stimulation and Reminiscence Therapy.
The projects have supported individuals to engage in activities they previously enjoyed and explore new interests through holistic assessments and personalised support plans. These activities have helped to reduce isolation, build self-esteem and confidence whilst enabling people to stay in their homes for longer and spend less time in hospital.
A beneficiary of the DIAL project, said: “I very much enjoy spending time with the Gofal staff, we get on like a house on fire, I love going out and visiting different places. Sue is great company.”
“I’ve really enjoyed the activities – they’ve greatly improved my mood”.
Rob McMillan, Project Coordinator for DIAL and Not Forgotten, commented: “Following a diagnosis of dementia, people can be stripped of their independence and stop taking part in the hobbies that they once loved. Many become isolated and their quality of life significantly diminishes.”
“Through these projects we have witnessed that taking part in stimulating activities truly gives a new lease of life and brings so much joy even if for just a few hours.”
“We have been able to capture tales and anecdotes of participants’ life experiences”.
“The exhibition is a celebration of this, and ensures that the participants’ memories are not forgotten but enjoyed for years to come and by future generations.”