Magnolias & Memories at Seckford Care

Residents at Seckford Care have been raising money for a ‘memory box’, a new invention from a local Suffolk based small business called Chronicle Digital Storytelling, and taking part in an intergenerational art project.

The memory box, which will include audio recordings and photographs, will enable residents to record and preserve their stories for future generations. The boxes can be used to help families and older people to preserve and enjoy their personal stories in their own voice.

Residents and staff have raised £500 towards the project by creating a tea towel to sell. They have also sold second hand books and received donations. Chronicle is also donating to the project.

Activities Co-ordinator Mandy Button said: “The memory box offers an innovative and interactive way of recording the life stories of residents to create an invaluable aural history record and share in their adventures. We have had a really positive start to the fundraising and hope to reach our target in the coming months.”

Residents from Seckford Care have worked on an intergenerational art project with students from Woodbridge School Prep and Barnabas Pre-School. Working together, they created a beautiful rendering of a magnolia tree. The activity proved extremely accessible with different approaches taken to creating the flowers, from careful painting from the residents to the little ones at Barnabas.

Seckford Care comprises of the Very Sheltered Flats in the Seckford Almshouses, Residential Care in Jubilee House and a day club for those who live in the community and would like to meet other people and take part in activities.

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