Boost for Axe Valley dementia sufferers

PUBLISHED: 18:00 30 April 2016




Support agency EDVSA is awarded £47,000 to develop its services for older people

East Devon Volunteer Support Agency (EDVSA) has been awarded a major grant of £47,000 to develop its services for older people.

The money will especially help dementia sufferers and their families and carers in Axminster and Seaton.

The grant will be used to help older people capture their memories before they are lost, through creating a ‘Life Story’ – a permanent memory board or memory box of photos, letters and other memorabilia for families and carers to discuss with their loved one.

The Life Story project builds on the EDVSA’s reminiscence work in combating isolation and loneliness felt by many older people. Last year, it ran 155 reminiscence sessions through its ‘Forget Me Not’ service - in care homes and community venues across Seaton, Axminster and Honiton, helping older people recall and discuss their memories of the past.

Gill Amos, project co-ordinator, told the Herald: “This grant, from Dunhill Trust, will enable us to expand this work, which brings so many benefits to older people in East Devon. Life Story will enable us to offer an individual service to help people create their own life story or to train a family member or a support worker to develop a life story memory board. It’s a way of preserving a record of the life of older people in a way that is meaningful and easily accessible.”

Now, EDVSA wants to hear from those who might benefit from Life Story – either as volunteers helping develop memory boards or from older people and their families and carers.

Contact Gill Amos on 01404 549045 or email

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