“Our most recent box included a book about London
which Laura particularly enjoyed going through as
we used to live in London. We’ve enjoyed listening to
the CDs and watching the DVDs in the boxes too.
We’re looking forward to seeing what will be in the
next box. We mentioned to Karen, the volunteer who
delivers our box, that Laura likes colouring books so
Karen is going to try and source some which I’m
sure Laura will really benefit from”.
Willaston & South Wirral Rotary Club kindly
donated £1,600 to the Activity Box Project. Allan
Grogan, Chair of Trustees at Dementia Together
Wirral said “This is an incredibly generous
donation from Willaston & South Wirral Rotary
Club and we are extremely grateful to them for their
Fiona Mosely, President of the club said “We are
delighted to be able to support Dementia Together
Wirral. I proposed Dementia Together Wirral to the
Rotary Club as a charity to support for the year
2019-20 and our fundraising efforts started well.
Unfortunately, the pandemic prevented most of our
subsequent ideas from being brought to fruition. We
decided to continue our support into 2020-2021 and
managed to raise a significant amount of money
through open-air second-hand book sales in the
summer and our Santa Sleigh collection.”.
Dementia Together Wirral supports anyone
affected by memory loss or dementia on the
Wirral. If you, or someone you know, would
benefit from the Activity Box loan scheme, just
give them a call, email or enquire via their
Founded in 2018, Dementia Together Wirral
provides opportunities for people affected by
dementia to meet new people, make new friends
and enjoy a wide range of activities. Before the
pandemic, we hosted a variety of regular events
including; a popular and highly entertaining
‘Musical Minds’ group, a craft and games group,
monthly reminiscence cafes across 11 Wirral
locations, day trips by coach to places of interest
and a monthly walking group.
These activities have sadly been curtailed by the
Covid-19 pandemic but the Dementia Together
Wirral’s volunteers have not been deterred in their
mission to help people affected by dementia to
connect and keep mentally and socially active.
Following consultation with service users (or
‘Friends’ as the charity refers to them), the Activity
Box Project was launched in December 2020.
Reminiscence items, such as local history photo
books or everyday knickknacks of yore (e.g.
dolly pegs, shaving brushes, wooden spinners
etc) have proven very popular with the Friends.
Most things in the boxes are purchased
specifically for the boxes but if you’d like to
donate local history photo books or small pieces of
paraphernalia of yesteryear, to be included in an
Activity Box, we’ll gladly accept them.
Each month, volunteers collect, quarantine,
sanitise, re-fill and redistribute the Activity Boxes.
One item which is consistently well-received is
the “Twiddle-Muff”. A Twiddle Muff is a hand muff
with bits and bobs attached inside and out for
restless hands to fiddle with- providing comfort
and sensory stimulation. A Twiddle Muff can be
easily knitted, crocheted or made from odds and
ends of fabric. If you’re interested in making and
donating these for future boxes, we’d love to hear
Each loan Activity Box is carefully curated and
delivered to a Friend’s doorstep by one of the
charity’s dedicated volunteers. Every box is unique
and contains items to encourage mental
stimulation (e.g. word searches, games, jigsaws)
plus reminiscence objects (selected to spark
conversation between carers and people with
Dementia Together Wirral Friends John and Laura
Redmond were regularly attendees of Dementia
Together Wirral’s Craft group before the lockdown.
Laura was diagnosed with dementia 5 years ago
and John, her husband, is her main carer.
John said “I’ve really missed being able to go to
Windsor Close with Laura and meet up with friends
we’ve made through Dementia Together Wirral.
Although I’m in contact with friends and family on
the phone, this pandemic has made us both feel a bit
isolated and it can be quite lonely at times for me.
We have really enjoyed getting the Activity Boxes
delivered to use at home every month. It’s lovely for
us to be able to look through things together and
share the memories that are prompted by looking at
old photos and postcards.”
They’re always looking for new people to join our
team of dedicated volunteers.
If you’d like to get involved, get in touch with our
part-time administrator Heather on 07935797445
or at Help.DTW@gmail.com to find out more.