Life Story University Project Photography Exhibition

The Life Story project that is running at the University of Sheffield is the focus of a photography exhibition at the Moor Market in Sheffield between 18th and 23rd April 2016.

Project lead Emma Yarwood has taken the photos for the exhibition which is part of the University Life Festival

A reminder that you can find a helpful resource about getting started with using Life Story Work


People with Dementia Educating University Students

Our life story group is into its 4th week with students from the University of Sheffield Department of Human Communication Sciences and School of Nursing and Midwifery.

12 students are listening to the life stories of 8 people living with dementia and 7 family members.  The students are developing their skills in communication – but more than that are learning about life!

Find out more about the project here:


Life Story Work and Students

A collaboration between the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, has secured funding for a ‘Dementia Clinic’. This will bring people with dementia and family carers together with student nurses and student Speech and Language Therapists to undertake life story work.
The project aims to help students to develop communication skills and improved understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia.
A project worker has been appointed and we are excited about the work commencing in July 2015.
Watch this space!

Sheffield Potted Histories

These Potted Histories are a series of 8 cards with photographs, information and discussion prompts on local history identified as relevant to older people living with dementia in Sheffield.

Developed in collaboration with MA History Student Claudia Rogers from the University of Sheffield, these cards are aimed at promoting reminiscence and conversation with older people living with dementia.  Funding to design the cards was received from Sheffield Health and Social Care Charity.

Access the cards at the link here: Sheffield Potted History Cards

ps – can you spot the mistake on the Sheffield Wednesday card?  Sylvia did :-)



‘Potted Histories’: Coming soon

A student nurse gave us the idea of ‘Potted Histories’.  She said it would be helpful to have some prompt cards with some facts about local history – to help stimulate conversations with older people.Over the past 12 months we have had a University of Sheffield MA History student – Claudia, working on this.  After speaking with people with dementia and care staff at Darnall Dementia Group and Grenoside Grange, Claudia researched 8 aspects of Sheffield local history.  With the help of a designer this information has been made into 8 A5 cards which will be available online and in print form.  Here is a sneak preview of one small part of a ‘Potted History’. 

 The full set will be available to view here in the next month.

Life Story Work Resource Pack Survey – your help needed.

We are keen to see if / how the Life Story Work Resource Pack has been used.

If you have seen the pack, we would welcome your thoughts through this short survey (see link):

If you have not seen the pack it can be accessed online here:

Showcasing Event Well Received

Over 100 care staff, people with dementia, family carers, students, academics and volunteers joined us on Thursday 28th November in Sheffield to experience and celebrate the use of life story work with people with dementia.

Our Life Story Work Resource Pack was launched and can be downloaded from:

A huge Thank You to all the organisers and helpers and to all who attended on the day here is a summary of what people said about the day:



Finalists in National Dementia Care Awards

Told in South Yorkshire Advisory Group were selected as Finalists in the National dementia Care Awards Ken Holt Life Story Work Category.
Many of the group attended the Gala Awards Dinner in Nottingham on 6th November. Although we did not win it was great to have our work recognised and we are looking forward to the Showcasing Event on 28th November on Sheffield. Hope to see you there.