WALK 19: Sound Memories: Bringing The Outdoors, Inside
Cheryl Beer, Director of the Award Winning, Sound Memories Dementia Friendly Radio Station, has successfully secured funding from the Arts Council of Wales’s National Lottery Good Causes Fund to bring the outside, indoors for older people who are currently shielding, with her innovative new project WALK 19. Cheryl is linking with Care Homes & the community, to record the favourite walks of older people, enabling them to stay connected with the places they love, but are unable to visit.
‘Sound is the last surviving memory. It reminds us of who we are and the places we have been. By collating a personalised soundscape across South & South West Wales, we are unearthing walking stories that not only help the individuals we are working with, but are a resource for others.’
Between now and October, Cheryl and her team will be out in the field, after which she will be preparing a series of Online Exhibitions for the public that will live stream into the Care Homes in December.
Environmental sound is known to be a soothing way of creating calm, but for people with end to later stages of dementia, they often develop sound sensitivity which makes it difficult for them to listen. Cheryl herself, is hearing impaired person with sound distortion and is therefore, able to edit the soundscapes in such a way that they are hearing friendly for those with sound conditions linked to their dementia.
For full details, why not join the Friends of Sound Memories group page www.facebook.com/groups/soundmemoriesradio where Cheryl does a weekly News round up at 1pm on Fridays,
or visit www.soundmemoriesradio.com