Forget-Me-Nots

Therapeutic Work in Prisons

The Forget-Me-Nots team was formed in 2010 by three members of the Octagon Unitarian Chapel, Judith Farmer, Sally Pinney and Carol Chiltern. While the founding members are part of the Octagon’s Social Responsibility Group, the Forget-Me-Nots service including volunteers is designed for people of any religious belief or none.

We are a group of volunteers with specific interest in creating and leading specially created groups using tried and tested methods of person-centred communication and Cognitive Stimulation Therapy. (CST)

For information on CST follow this link:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/impact/case-studies/2014/dec/cognitive-stimulation-therapy-new-therapy-dementia

Many of us have a professional qualification in health, teaching, social care or counselling.  We are all trained in CST therapy and have regular professional supervision.

Until recently we worked in care settings and the community. However we now concentrate on working in HMP Norwich and since 2012 we have run a weekly group there. We work with older prisoners on L Wing, the elderly health care wing. People aged 60 and over are the fastest growing age group in the prison estate and are more likely to experience a wide range of health issues including confusion and dementia.

We have presented at National Dementia Care conferences as well as offering more relaxed, local presentations. In 2017 in collaboration with the prison library service, we received the CILIP national award – follow this link for the CILIP page with a write up and the film (three minutes from an hour’s filming at HMP Norwich during one of our sessions)

https://archive.cilip.org.uk/news/prestigious-award-hmp-norwich-library-service-forgotten-prisoners

 NHS East of England, Health and Justice commissioned us to help HMP Bure to set up a CST group and we are currently in conversation with prison staff in other areas who are also interested.

We are all volunteers, we do our own fundraising applying for small grants where possible.

If you are interested in finding out more about us, or are thinking about volunteering, please get in touch.

One or more of us can be found at the Octagon Chapel most Sundays, Lynne Davies, Judith Farmer or Sally Pinney.

We can be reached at:

The Forget-Me-Nots

c/o The Martineau Hall

21a Colegate

Norwich NR3 1BN

Or Email: forgetmenotsouc@gmail.com 

Link to ‘Making Friends with Dementia’ Project – Mangreen Trust community venture co-ordinated in association with The Forget-Me-Nots: https://www.mangreen.co.uk/news/the-terrace-cafe-re-opens-21st-april-all-profits-go-to-mangreen-trust/