Black-owned business Ebony Life Publishing donates arts and memory activity resources to Elim Community Association is a project that provides a social environment for local African Caribbean older people as part of their recovery from the pandemic.
Tayo Idowu, owner, and recent kidney transplantee said: “Since many organisations that work with older people went through difficult times during COVID, I thought it would be good to contribute in some way to helping them and their service users recover from the pandemic. “
Centre Manager and councillor Aubyn Graham MA said: “The African and Caribbean books are a brilliant idea in that they will help our users maintain and remember their culture. We’ll definitely be using them at the Centre on a daily basis.”
The resources reflect the richness of everyday African and Caribbean life from its people, culture to traditions with scenes such as an African market, carnival dancers, domino sessions, Ashanti funerals, coconut sellers, church worshippers, and more.
“The idea for the reminiscence colouring and word search books came from a conversation with a friend and research I read whilst I was shielding from COVID showing that there is a lack of culturally appropriate services and resources for the African Caribbean seniors and those with dementia,” said Mr Idowu
Angela Sandiford, a carer for her 90-year-old mother said “Culturally appropriate resources are essential for people from BAME communities because they are more likely to engage with these resources. As they’ll help them to access earlier memories thus encouraging social interaction which is good for their well-being.
Research by Alzheimer’s society concluded that was an urgent need for research exploring the experiences of different BAME communities in order to make appropriate cultural adaptations to interventions and services.
The range also includes books that recollect the people, fashion, and music of swinging 60s Britain as well as England’s traditions, school days as many of the users are from the Windrush generation.
The book has been prepared with the help of health professionals, care organisations and feedback from African Caribbean seniors and dementia patients themselves.
The activity resources are available at www.ebonylife.co.uk
Written By: Ebony Life Publishing