Library staff who were involved in carrying out reminiscence at care homes and sheltered housing complexes in Dundee were receiving more and more enquiries from other organisations and complexes interested in establishing reminiscence groups in their locations. Such was the demand that staff put together Reminiscence Packs for loan to the homes where groups could use the library materials and resources available to facilitate their own sessions. These Packs are compiled by members of staff to help stimulate discussion, aid recall and to improve cognitive skills. Packs typically consist of books about Dundee, historic maps of the area, memory jogger cards, music from the era, artefacts and a reminiscence folder.
They cover local interests such as cinemas, working in Dundee and shopping in Dundee. These are then delivered by our housebound service to nursing homes, care homes and residential homes in Dundee, making it possible for carers or activity coordinators to now hold their own reminiscence session with their residents.