Presenting a 'Community Memory Chest' to Gwynedd care homes

Date: 21/01/2019
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Residents in three Gwynedd Council care homes have benefited from a special scheme that uses old photographs and sound archives in order to help them recall their upbringing.


Two trainees from Gwynedd Council’s Mangers of Tomorrow scheme haves been working on the ‘Community Memory Chest’ project which involves residents from Plas Gwilym, Penygroes; Bryn Blodau, Llan Ffestiniog and Plas y Don in Pwllheli.


As part of the scheme, Arawn Glyn and Sara Marged Jones from the Council have been putting together the community memory chests, which contain an album of old photographs and archived audio clips. Their intention is to help the residents of the care homes in Ffestiniog, Penygroes and Pwllheli through the use of images, audio and spoken word to recall memories from their respective regions.


Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member who leads on Adults, Health and Wellbeing matters said: “With more of our residents living with conditions that affect memory, it’s important that we think of a new and different way to help people to live full lives. It’s nice to see a scheme like this that bridges generations, by offering a valuable experience to the residents in our homes and also to the Council’s trainees.

By including an empty scrap book, our hope is that the residents can add their own memories, and this will help to ensure that local stories are not forgotten.”


Sara Marged Jones from Gwynedd Council who worked on the project added: “It’s been a pleasure to visit the residential homes in Ffestiniog, Pwllheli and Penygroes in order to present the chests that are full of memories to the residents. We had a lot of fun hosting a quiz as well, which was a special way of hearing stories and encouraging discussion about the change that has been in our society. It was an unforgettable and very valuable experience.”

The chests are already being used by residents, and are a great help and talking point when families come to visit.


PHOTOGRAPH: Arawn Glyn and Sara Marged Jones from Gwynedd Council's The Managers of Tomorrow Scheme with some of the residents from Bryn Blodau, Llan Ffestiniog.