European Reminisence Network

RYCT overview

RYCT overview

View a presentation which gives you an overview of the RYCT project:

RYCT overview
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New for 2016

RYCT overview

The ERN are pleased to announce a new October Training Course & Apprenticeship Scheme in Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care.

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October seminar

Memory Grand Challenge: Exploring links between reminiscence in dementia care and oral history

The ERN is pleased to announce the above seminar to be held at the University of Greenwich on:

Thursday 13th October 2016
at 3pm – 6pm

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National Dementia Care Award

Pam Schweitzer

Pam Schweitzer received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the 5th National Dementia Care Awards

The awards ceremony was held on Nov. 11th 2014 at the 2014 UK Dementia Congress at the Hilton Hotel Metropole in Brighton.

The Judges said: "Pam was chosen because of her passion for creating fun and re-igniting love and a sense of cohesiveness for couples and individuals living with dementia. Pam has been an inspirational leader through her internationally recognised reminiscence networks, publications, training & resources."

RYCT: a long-running project

Since 1997, the European Reminiscence Network has been developing a reminiscence project in which families who are caring for a relative with dementia at home can participate in a series of reminiscence sessions with professional and volunteer support. The purpose of these sessions is to engage people with dementia and their family carers together in remembering, sharing and recording their long lives.

Our projects:

On this website readers will find reports of two Partnership projects supported by the EU Lifelong Learning programme:

About the RTRT project

European Reminiscence Network partners set up and ran reminiscence groups in their countries and piloted a 10-session programme involving people with dementia and their family carers.

Supported by health and social care professionals, practicing artists and volunteers, these groups used creative arts and reminiscence to engage families in revisiting their past lives and celebrating them in the present.

On the pages of this website devoted to the RTRT project you will find the results of their work and some explanation of how they were achieved.

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About the RYCTT project

This time, partners wanted to extend the reach of the RTRT project and ensure that there would be qualified group leaders in each country who could deliver the programme in the future.

As a partnership, we developed and tested a common programme involving a 2-day training scheme and a 4-6 month apprenticeship scheme.

The results of this project are reflected in the RYCTT pages of this site. Reports are often in the form of films and slideshows from partners, as this made it easier to cross the language barrier. The partners have worked hard to bring their experience to an international audience in a lively and engaging manner.

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The European Reminiscence Network (ERN)

The European Reminiscence Network was established in 1993 to promote best practice in reminiscence work across Europe. Partners from many EU countries and beyond participate in practical and research projects involving reminiscence arts, inter-cultural and inter-generational reminiscence, and reminiscence in dementia care.
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Contact us

View our Contact page for contact details of all 11 partners in the ERN partnership.

A one-day Symposium on Thursday 26th June 2014

Positive outcomes for people with dementia & their carers

Through the RYCT project, many people with dementia and their carers across 11 partner countries have enjoyed rediscovering and celebrating their individual and social identity through creative reminiscence work. 

In the process the participants have gained new confidence, made new friendships and gained support for their family relationships.


Lottery funded

Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union

Lifelong Learning Programme

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.