Thurrock residents asked to help us unite voices against dementia

Help us unite our voices against dementia


LIBRARIANS and dementia nurse specialists are teaming up to encourage local people to record their memories for Basildon Hospital patients who have dementia.

An event called ‘United Voices Against Dementia’ is being held at Basildon Library, in St Martin’s Square, Basildon, on Thursday 18 May, during dementia awareness week.
Members of the public are invited to come along and record themselves in the public library, reading a book chapter, reciting a poem, reading an archived Echo article or merely reminiscing about their memories of the local area.

The recordings will then be uploaded to mp3 players for patients living with dementia to listen to, when they’re in hospital.

Jane Gilby, dementia nurses specialist at Basildon University Hospital, said: “It’s called reminiscence therapy and it isn’t a new concept. Dementia patients are often locked in the past and this helps give them a connection to the present.

“We want local people of all ages, all walks of life, all backgrounds and cultures, to come along and make a recording. By localising the project we hope to help our patients.”

There will be recording slots or people can just turn up on the day. There will be a selection of material available, or people can read their own words or relate their own memories.
Liz Hunwick, library services manager at Basildon University Hospital, said: “We would love to be able to intersperse personal recollections with chapters from classic literature, or archive newspaper articles.
“Thank you to Basildon Library and Essex County Council for helping us with this event. We really do feel it will make a great difference to our patients with dementia.”

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council said; “As we embark on Dementia Awareness Week, we are delighted to support the development of a reminiscence library in Basildon Hospital and would encourage anyone who has the time to come along and help with the recordings.

“By creating a community-wide response to dementia and environments that are dementia friendly, we can ensure those living with dementia, live well and remain as an inclusive member of their community.”

All those taking part will be required to sign a consent form. If you would like to attend but need additional assistance, for example, large print text, then please let us know in advance.
The event runs between 10am and 4pm, with 20 minutes time slots. To book a slot, please call the Basildon Hospital Library on 01268 524900 ext 3594.

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