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Archaeology Scotland’s ‘Lifelong Learning in Lockdown’ announced joint winner in the Engagement and Participation category of the Archaeological Achievement Awards

We are absolutely thrilled that our project ‘Lifelong Learning in Lockdown’ was announced as a joint winner in the Engagement and Participation category of the Archaeological Achievement Awards.

The ‘Lifelong Learning in Lockdown’ initiative used multi-sensory online archaeology workshops to help people living with dementia and their carers connect with each other and their local heritage. This project has been a meaningful and innovative way to support the community through the challenges of lockdown, improving health and wellbeing for those involved, as highlighted in this comment from one of the participant’s carers.

‘After the last one, Hxxx off his own bat said what an interesting presentation it was and looked forward to the next one. He’s usually quite non-verbal about a lot of things but he did really get something out of it. Jane presents in such a down-to-earth way and gets us interested in the topic.’

We had some wonderful feedback from participants, carers and our partners, including this observation from one of Alzheimer Scotland’s workshop facilitators.

‘I think initiatives like this have been the real highs of lockdowns: the willingness to work together, to see what will work and what we can do together has been wonderful. We have been bowled over by the generosity of people like you and your colleagues who have contributed time and effort to better the lives of the people whom we support. And it’s been a huge lot of fun!!’

We’d like to thank the team at Alzheimer Scotland, Forth Valley for their support with staff training and the facilitation of online workshops, and our funders, Falkirk Health and Social Care Partnership and Historic Environment Scotland.

Click here to read all about the project.

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