The Archie Project is a highly successful, inter-generational dementia awareness community project partly funded by Somerset Community Foundation.
Many people with dementia will use mascots or dolls for a feeling of comfort and connection; Reminiscence Learning, a charity local to Somerset, developed Archie; a brilliantly coloured, cheerful, knitted scarecrow that has come to life in The Archie Project through Archie’s story; the story has been created to dismiss the stigma and fear related with Dementia, often presented by younger people and those with little knowledge about the illness.
The book, suitable for all ages, describes simply about the many types of dementia, signs and symptoms, the fact that there is no cure, and advice on what we could say and do to prevent an individual with Dementia from feeling ignored and unloved and to make sure they feel included in their community.
The Archie Project aims to connect local schools, Care Homes, businesses, services and the community together, to provide dementia awareness workshops for everyone from parents, grandparents, teachers and children.
Cedar Lodge and Aspen Court were approached to take part in the influential project. Matthew Parish (Cedar Lodge Manager) and Kim Leech (Aspen court Manager) attended the launch of the project in Taunton Deane to build a Dementia friendly community. The successful event was held at Somerset County Cricket Club and officially launched by Angela Rippon, who is greatly passionate about the project, together with children from Wellesley Park Primary School in Wellington, who are already a part of the project.
Cedar Lodge have been paired with Wellsprings Primary School and together they have arranged so far;
10th March- Cedar Lodge Coffee Morning 10am-11am (singing by Wellsprings pupils)
12th March-Cedar Lodge residents to present pupils with stickers during assembly at Wellsprings school
26th March-Scarecrow fancy dress at Cedar Lodge-wellsprings pupils dressing up with residents and staff-Tea and Cake served-prizes for the best dressed.
We will be documenting the progress of The Archie Project at Cedar Lodge, so please keep an eye out for Archie as he bridges the gap between young and old and erases the stigma around Dementia.