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Reminiscence Learning was created and founded by Fiona Mahoney an Occupational Therapist (OT) who has experience in both physical and mental health. She has worked in the NHS and set up her own medical equipment company “The Making Life Easier Centre” in 1985. As a qualified reflexologist, Bach flower practitioner and OT she ran her own private business, linking in with the medical centres and the Nuffield hospital. 

Whilst working for the Somerset Partnership NHS Mental Health Trust in the mid-90s, Fiona set up the Penny Farthing Reminiscence Centre in Wellington, Somerset and it was here that the embryo of an idea was born to train both staff and the general public in how to run reminiscence sessions. 

In 2001 Fiona set up Reminiscence Learning and it became a registered charity in 2003. The charity has changed and developed over the years. It is now a National and Regional multi-award winning registered charity. 

It started in Wellington, moved to Bishops Lydeard, Taunton and then in 2015 we moved back to Wellington. It has grown and changed over the years responding to individual and community needs, specialising in dementia care, activity and reminiscence. 

We pride ourselves in being a dynamic, forward thinking and innovative charity who put the needs of the client and carer first and listen to their thoughts and requests. 

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Reminiscence Learning runs the following sessions and courses

•  Respite Activity Sessions (RAS)

With the overall aim of supporting carers and those they care for including those with memory problems and dementia

 

•  Archie Intergenerational Dementia Awareness Project

Linking primary schools with care homes and the community 

 

•  Training Workshops

For health care professionals, family carers, volunteers, businesses, and the general public 

 

•  Carer Support Groups

Supporting family carers in the community

 

•  Community Activity Sessions

Including Funday Friday

 Activity Angel Sessions

Tailor made activities for residents within care home settings

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Meet the team

Meet our dedicated team, whose passion, enthusiasm, and experience ensure the charity is the best it can be! 

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Staff

Fiona Mahoney
Chief Executive & Occupational Therapist

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Zoe Priestley
Personal Assistant to the CEO & Business Support Manager

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Shane Mace
Creative Development Manager 

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Vicky Hayward
Administrator

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Nikki Sartain
Administrator

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Val Burt
Activity Assistant

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Jonathan Denner-Stewart
Activity Lead

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Claire Nicol
Community Activity Angel

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Toni Green 
Archie Tutor

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Rachel Brown
Cook

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Denise Hodgson

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Jayne Cowling

We wouldn’t be able to deliver our services without the continuous support of our fantastic volunteers.

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Julia Wicks

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David Wicks 

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Jane Corrick

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Carol Porter

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Lisbeth Dean

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Pete Corrick

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Ken Mahoney

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Chris Allen

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Tim Baverstock 
Trustee

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Mandy Bridge
Trustee

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Wendy Jones 

Trustee

Patron & Ambassador's

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Angela Rippon CBE

Angela Rippon CBE

Patron - Reminiscence Learning

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Richard McCourt

Ambassador of Reminiscence Learning

Annie Maw
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Annie Maw Retired Lord lieutenant of Somerset
Ambassador of Reminiscence Learning

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Clinton Rogers

Ambassador of Reminiscence Learning

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