Connecting Across the Generations Through Creative Life Story Work in Care Homes

February 1st until July 15th 2019

Stories for the Soul are very excited to have received £10,000 from People Keeping Well Sheffield City Council fund to work with Sheffcare over the next 6 months.

Creative Life Story work gives opportunities for a person living with dementia to communicate with their family and carers about what is important to them in terms of their memories, experiences, life events, values and beliefs. When used across the generations the benefits can be enhanced and help bring well being to all involved.

Stories for the Soul are working with Sheffcare to run a creative and dynamic training programme and events over 6 months for staff, residents and families.


We will train activities coordinators, care home staff and volunteers to promote inter-generational Creative Life Story Work. We will have a particular focus on enabling this to help families (including young people) to engage with older people living with dementia.

Training will take place in the ten care homes and at The Village Hall on St Phillips Road.

Training


Meetings

Working with the managers of Sheffcare homes to create a programme of engaging events to equip family members to use Creative Life Story work.


Events

 

Family engagement days. Leading sessions in the care homes to equip young people (alongside their families) to be dementia friendly and to use Creative Life Story work.


Support

 

Supporting the activities coordinators, care home staff, volunteers and family members (including young people) as they engage with people living with dementia using Creative Life Story work. Also, providing engaging online support resources to give ideas for longer term life story work and linking them into free local resources they can access.


Sheffcare Volunteer Co-ordinator, Kathryn Rawling, has a detailed plan of the project and can be contacted for more information.


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Training Dates @ Sheffcare Village Hall

Monday 4th March 10am-3pm

Tuesday 12th March 10am-3pm

Saturday 23rd March 10am-3pm

 

Spring Family Engagement Events

During the April school holidays in Sheffield we will be spending each day at a different Sheffcare home running a child friendly creative family engagement event. Activities are aimed at children 7 years old - 105 years old! The first half an hour of each day will be spent with visiting families doing an introduction to what dementia is and how we can start to be creative in how we support loved ones.

The rest of the day will be spent using the well being boxes and creating a piece of artwork. There will be three different creative activities for people to take part in.


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Story Cushions

Brighten up the living space. We will use recycled fabrics, buttons and thread to make cushions that tell people’s stories.

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Artwork

We will use paper collage and paint to create story canvases to inspire and promote conversations.

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Poetry

We think you’re a poet, but you don’t yet know it! We will have a chance to look at different types of poems and to make one up about your family story.


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Who will be COORDINATING this project?

Caroline Twist

‘I am very excited to work on this innovative project with Sheffcare. I have seen the power that facilitating positive interactions between children and their grandparents has on transforming care communities. I look forward to running dynamic training and engagement sessions’ -  Caroline Twist

‘I am very excited to work on this innovative project with Sheffcare. I have seen the power that facilitating positive interactions between children and their grandparents has on transforming care communities. I look forward to running dynamic training and engagement sessions’ - Caroline Twist

Caroline has 15 years experience working in and with care homes in Sheffield and across the UK. She currently works as a trainer for Playlist for Life, Stories for the Soul and with The Montgomery Creative Reminiscence Collection.

In 2015 she conducted a Winston Churchill Fellowship project in South America and Europe looking at ‘Artists Engagement with Life History Work in Care Home Settings.’

She has worked supporting Stories for the Soul storytellers in Sheffcare homes for the last 3 years and has trained Sheffcare activity co-ordinators to use Playlist for Life.

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