Peckover's staff and volunteers work closely with local groups and charities to welcome informal carers and their loved ones from Wisbech and its surrounding villages.
By offering a variety of activities and social interventions, along with the opportunity to gain advice, information and friendship, we're hoping that carers will become equipped with the tools and resilience to care for their loved ones at home for longer.
General Manager for the National Trust’s Peckover House, |Donna Baldwin, said:
“Formerly ‘Bank House’, Peckover is named eponymously for the family which lived here during its heyday. The Peckovers were philanthropists and dedicated community-led campaigners who contributed so much to the community in Wisbech.
“The National Trust is all about people and the benefits of access to nature, beauty and heritage and we want everyone to be able to experience our places and get involved in our cause.
“This project is entirely in keeping with the Peckover spirit and is one of a number of partnership projects which we’re working on across the house, gardens and estate over the next few years.’
At focus groups held in December 2021 and January 2022, supported by partners Ageable, local people living with dementia and their families and carers, shared ideas and discussed how MONUMENT could best support them, providing valuable learning that has influenced the development of the project.
Ageable Founder, Alice Osborne, said:
“We are really excited to support the National Trust on this innovative project, to help them engage with people living with dementia and their carers, and to work together on creating a new dementia-friendly community space in Wisbech.”
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The aim of the project is to provide information, advice and a meeting place, as well as somewhere informal carers can spend time relaxing and socialising with those in similar situations.
At Peckover, the house and garden are a central part of the experience, inspiring weekly nature and heritage-based craft activities.
The project also hopes to enable people living with dementia to remain at home for as long as possible, supporting informal carers by providing respite care, enabling engagement in leisure and social activities.
The approach is based on the principles of the Dutch Odenshuis model, which offers a place and a voice for people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Project Manager for MONUMENT, Tom Bailey, said:
“For people with dementia and their carers, historic spaces, collections and stories can prompt and stimulate discussion, encourage outdoor exploration, and offer a vital connection to the world around them.
“Throughout the project we will test new approaches and technologies, as we explore what more we can do to improve the experience of visiting, for people living with dementia and their informal carers. We hope this will increase access to nature and heritage for more people and ensure everyone feels welcome at Peckover.
“We look forward to sharing our learning and analysis with project partners in France, England, Belgium and the Netherlands.”
This project is funded under the Social Innovation Theme of the Interreg 2 Seas Programme. Interreg is an opportunity for organisations from different EU Member States (and currently the UK) to work together in addressing problems or to take advantage of opportunities that are common across national and/or physical boundaries. For the National Trust, the EU Regional Development Fund is providing £197,758 towards the total cost of the project via the Interreg 2 Seas Programme.
To find out more visit www.interreg2seas.eu/en/MONUMENT.