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Reminiscence goes digital at The Mansion House

27 July 2015

Our Positive Living Community Day Centres at The Mansion House in Victoria Park have just entered the world of digital reminiscence. New software focussing on reminiscence for older people has been very well received with service users showing a keenness to actively engage with it. The new software encourages both individual and group involvement through quizzes and the ease with which service users can create their own Life Story Books.

The new software, which comes with a touch-screen computer for ease of use, was introduced to service users attending Age UK Mid Mersey’s (AUKMM) Positive Living Community Day Centre as part of their summer tea party celebrations. Kym Smith (Social Inclusion Coordinator) was very pleased by the initial response: “The quizzes have proved a big hit already with members of one group remarking upon the user-friendliness of the system. They very much enjoyed the quizzes; maybe we’ll get some friendly competition going! With the support of AUKMM volunteers we are hoping too that soon we’ll be able to get members compiling their own Life Story Books with which they can include their own personal photos.  These can be saved to USB and can be printed as hard copy for sharing together with children and grandchildren as part of their family history.”

Age UK Mid Mersey is committed to promoting an improved quality of life and empowerment for older people through the services and activities it offers across the Mid Mersey region. Positive Living Community Day Centres across St Helens (partially funded by St.Helens Council) are an example of this commitment, offering great value for money at less than £2.00 per hour for five hours of companionship, activities (including bingo), use of the reminiscence software, group discussions and general support as well as access to lounge areas and café(s) – all of which are set within the venue’s pleasant courtyard and enclosed gardens.  Lunch and refreshments throughout the day are an additional £5.50 (including tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival, 4-course lunch and afternoon tea/coffee).  There are a limited number of transport places available at a cost of £3 per day.

The day centres are suitable for older people (generally 65+) who need minimal support which is provided by our Social Inclusion Co-ordinator and her invaluable team of volunteers.  If you think you or a friend or relative would benefit from this service, please contact our Social Inclusion Co-ordinator (Kym Smith) who would be pleased to arrange a visit to see the venue and facilities and enable you to meet with current service users if you wish. 


Please contact Kym on 01744 752 644 or via email to