Farnborough Beavers join care home residents for memory box project

Residents at a care home in Camberley collaborated with the Farnborough Tenth Beaver Group to create 'memory boxes' as part of a community project.

Building on the group’s previous visit to Signature at Camberley prior to the Covid-19 pandemic for an arts and crafts session, Lia Thompson, activities co-ordinator at the care home, and Clare Hills, Beaver leader, agreed it would be wonderful for the two generations to come together once again.

The session, which was backed by the Co-Op Community Fund, a grant that supports projects across the UK, gave the local group an opportunity to visit the care home and spend some time with residents assembling and crafting memory boxes.

Memory boxes can be filled with anything and everything from sentimental objects to messages and are increasingly being used to help remind individuals of loved ones or special memories from their lives.

Particularly, they have proven to be extremely beneficial for older people or those living with dementia, offering familiarity, comfort, and a way to trigger memories from the past.

Together with residents at Signature at Camberley, eleven beavers and their three team leaders spent the evening completing seven boxes for those living at the care home.

Included within each was a range of sensory items, including seashells, lavender bags, old coins in a purse, maracas, sensory balls, bags of sweets, and postcards.

The session proved to be a huge success, with the two groups bonding over the memory boxes and spending valuable time chatting about the past and other interesting topics.

Lia said: “It was a really special evening. It was great to see the residents interact with the children, having lots of different conversations and helping each other to create the memory boxes.

"You can see the benefits group sessions like this have on our residents, the children really brighten up their day."

Clare Hill, Farnborough Tenth Beaver Group Team Leader, said: "The Beavers really enjoyed their time with the residents.

"It was so heartening to see the two generations interacting with each other and listening in to their different conversations. We were so pleased to be able to visit again – it has been over two years since our first visit back in December 2019, fingers crossed we'll be back before the end of the year."