Everyone’s life story is individual and important! The Age UK Oldham Life Story Project works with older people in both residential care and the community to record their life histories. We then bring these stories together in a personalised Life Story Book which can be shared with families, friends and Care Staff time & time again….
Our brilliant volunteer visitors and typists both play a central role in documenting the lives of older people. Volunteers visit clients on a weekly basis, and encourage them through friendly chats to reminisce and recall special events, people and places that have played an important part in their life. Using a form as a prompt, people are encouraged to share memories and include as much or as little as they want in their own story book.
The information is then passed to one of volunteer typists who compile the stories into printed books, including special photos and images to bring the book to life. Once complete, we can organise a special Life Story presentation involving the volunteers, along with family and friends.
The Benefits of Life Story:
Life Story is an enjoyable and worthwhile activity for everyone involved and can be cherished by the person and their family for generations.
- Helps to make people valued and respected, with the enjoyment of regular company, conversation and chats with people who are interested in finding out about their life.
- Families can reminisce with their loved ones with the book, sharing memories important to them.
- Can be used by Care Staff to assist them in getting to know the person they are caring for. Knowing a person’s likes, dislikes, needs and aspirations can enable more effective care planning and delivery
There is no charge for the service, two copies of the Life Story book are provided free when completed. Additional copies can be purchased by friends or family for a small fee to cover printing and binding costs.
We also try to make our life stories accessible for all including large print and record audio books for the visually impaired.
If you would like to write your own Life Story, write one for family or friends or are part of a community group who would like to do this as an activity, we can provide you with a template to help get you started and some hints & tips on how to put it together and can give you support if needed.
How to make a referral
If you know someone who would benefit from our service, you can make a referral by completing a simple form below
What does a Life Story book look like?
There are many different ways of doing Life Story work, which do not always involve producing a printed book. Some people prefer memory boxes or picture collages or collections of music as an alternative.
Here's an example of some selected pages of a Life Story book that our volunteers have put together, working alongside Audrey and her daughter who have kindly given permission to share some Audrey's story to help raise awareness about Life Story work.
Each book is as individual as the person.....
The project relies on volunteers and we urgently need more volunteers to help with the demand for the project
All our volunteers undergo a full induction, ongoing training and supervision. Disclosure and Disbarring Service (DBS) checks are required for volunteering visitors.
If you would like to get involved with the project, please contact us on the details below.
Sam Alshafei - Life Story Coordinator
Phone: 0161 633 0213