Reading Well, Books on Prescription for Dementia is a new scheme which is looking to introduce a collection of books on and around dementia offering guidance, support, advice and activities for people with dementia and their carers to access. The aim of the new service is to reduce the stigma associated with dementia. The new scheme will launch in February in all St Helens Libraries, following on from the national campaign launch in January 2015. The launch event took place on the second of February at St Helens Central Library and featured stalls from dementia and mental health support services offering information and advice. Following the official launch there was the Reminiscence Karaoke session featuring guest singers with the aim of classic songs engaging people with dementia and helping to stir their memories. The event was also attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of St Helens who had no reservations about joining in! For further details on the reading well scheme please click here
As part of the ‘30 Years of project‘ from Re-dock, St Helens Ex-miners were treated to a visit to the National coal mining museum in Wakefeild. The visit included a guided tour down the original Caphouse Colliery mine which is about the height of the Blackpool tower underground. The miners thoroughly enjoyed the trip and had allot to talk about with the guide who himself was an ex-miner. Non ex-miners learned about the atrocious working conditions down the pit which was cramped, dark, dusty, loud and often in sweltering heat. The trip was a brilliant opportunity for the ex-miners of St Helens to reminisce and for non ex-miners to learn anew of the hardships, struggles and victories of mining as well as the huge impact it has had on all of our collective histories.