Our Partnerships

These examples show how working with partners has helped us to develop some resources and events that have been used and enjoyed by many people.

National Museums Liverpool

Working in partnership with National Museums Liverpool as part of the nationally recognised House of Memories programme has been a rewarding experience for our Museums. Their House of Memories programme was developed to support carers and is a Museum led dementia awareness programme offering access to resources and museum based activities to enable carers to focus on the person rather than the condition.

We began with support from National Museums Liverpool colleagues to create resources and a training programme, working together to use our Museums to train approximately 200 care professionals. The training provided basic information about Dementia and showed how memory activity resources linked to a Museum experience could be used by carers in care homes and the Museums.

This initial funding, expert advice and generous support gave us the confidence to expand our resources and we have since developed additional free to loan memory resources in the form of object boxes and memory bags to borrow from Newarke Houses Museum, and bags to use in the Museum when people visit. We have memory object trails and have provided activity workshops for both professional carers’ and for people who care for loved ones at home.

Everybody likes to take a trip down memory lane and by working together with National Museums Liverpool we have been able to play our part with other local organisations to provide resources to support families and carers and people living with Dementia.

Crafting Relationships

Crafting Relationships is a values-led, not for profit social enterprise operating a continual cycle of delivery, learning and sharing. They manage the Local History Café programme in partnership with museums and libraries who host the cafes.

Local History Cafes are monthly heritage and wellbeing get togethers for over 50s at risk of, experiencing or looking to keep at bay, social isolation and loneliness. Leicester Museum & Art Gallery hosts a monthly café and is one of six partners across Leicester, Leicestershire and Derbyshire who are part of the programme.

Crafting Relationships management of the programme provides expert advice to us, enabling us to create sessions where participants are welcomed for the long term and staff and volunteers blend into the sessions to create a supportive environment in which everybody benefits and their knowledge and wellbeing is enhanced.

Useful Contacts

Alzheimers Society 
Autism East Midlands
Sunflower Scheme
Age UK
Parkinsons UK
My Choice Leicester