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. 

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 


•  Forest School Outdoor Activities

for younger people with dementia and memory impairment who are more physically fit.


•  Training Workshops

including accredited level 2 and 3 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 Singing with Friends and Activity angel 

 Activity Angel Sessions


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

Fiona Mahoney

Chief Executive and Occupational Therapist

Zoe Priestley

Personal Assistant to the CEO

Shane Mace

Activity Lead & Chef 

Vicky Hayward

Paul Tucker

Grant Funder

Jenna Gale

Activity Assistant

Jonathan Denner-Stewart
Activity Assistant

Claire Wiggins 

Activity Angel

Carole Speed

Denise Hodgson

John Young

Gibby Swaine 

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

Jane Corrick

Ginny Harvey

Julia Wicks

Jayne Cowling

Richard Whitehouse

Pete Corrick

Ken Mahoney

Claire Hannigan

Carol Porter

Shirley Hector

Vivienne Stock-Williams

Mark Raisey 


David Wicks 


Wendy Jones 


Roger Simon