People have been stepping back in time thanks to a unique project at Blakenhall Resource Centre.


The Wolverhampton City Council run centre, which provides services for older people with dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and other mental health needs, has been holding a month of events celebrating the 1940s.

Among the highlights was a 1940s party on Wednesday (26 June, 2013) when staff and service users dressed in period costume.

There have also been film and game nights, a 1940s buffet and a trip to The Staffordshire Regiment Museum at Lichfield.

Meanwhile, the centre has been decorated with memorabilia including posters from the 1940s featuring a potted history of Wolverhampton and showcasing advertising, fashion, food and famous faces from the period.

The event was organised by Assistant Team Leader Angie Peck and Councillor Steve Evans, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "Reminiscence is an important form of therapy for people with conditions like dementia and Alzheimer's Disease as it can help them relax and improve their mood.

"The 1940s were a significant period in history with lots of life-changing situations well-remembered by many service users. This has been a fantastic project which has enabled all the service users to get really involved."

Blakenhall Resource Centre manager Carol Samuels said: "Many of our service users lived through the period and have vivid memories of the era, so we thought it would be good to take them back to that time and encourage them to share their experiences.

"The response we had was incredible. A couple of our service users regaled us with stories about the weapons and tanks they saw on the visit to the museum, while others showed staff how to play dominoes on the games night.

"We also enjoyed a number of sing-alongs and some old George Formby movies."

The month-long celebration came to an end with the centre marking Armed Forces Day on Saturday (29 June 2013).

  • released: Monday 1 July, 2013