Maritime themed activity packs have been designed to support families and their members with dementia.

The Hull Maritime project, which is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Hull City Council and consists of huge plans for the future of the city's maritime assets, will assist partner organisations in sharing the packs with the city's elderly population and their family members.

Feedback from those involved will initially be obtained before a broader distribution of the dementia-friendly resources.

Age UK and its volunteers have aided the development of the packs, which have been expertly created for accessibility to those living with dementia. The packs contain images, topics of discussion, puzzles such as word searches and colouring activities. These are available in both digital and hard copy formats.

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The Maritime Memories activity pack has been designed specifically for those living with dementia.
The Maritime Memories activity pack has been designed specifically for those living with dementia.

A spokesperson for Hull: Yorkshire's Maritime City explained:

"With limited face-to-face contact due to COVID-19, these bespoke activity packs will aim to combat loneliness, stimulate minds, reminisce, encourage sharing of memories and stave off boredom.

"Reminiscence sessions at the Extra Care facilities had begun prior to the lockdown in March 2020, and are planned to resume when it is safe to do so."

Holly Walton, Community Engagement Officer, said: “These packs have been developed to spark memories and encourage discussions about how life used to be with the people who have created the history we celebrate. We have had to find new and engaging ways to reach families and the care workers supporting those living with dementia during the current restrictions.

“Taking part in creative and reminiscent activities can improve people’s wellbeing and mental health and this is more important than ever right now.

"By offering these activity packs, we are trying to ensure that people living with dementia can benefit from doing something creative and fun.”

Ruth Westoby, Wellbeing and Events Coordinator at Redwood Glades Extra Care Facility, said: “We’re really excited to receive these maritime themed activity packs and are looking forward to using them alongside residents to complement their care. It’s great to have the opportunity to shape how future activities will happen too through our feedback.”

For more information about the Maritime Memories packs, email [email protected] and for information about the Hull: Yorkshire's Maritime City, click here.