Tackle elderly isolation in a novel way - interview and record the stories of local senior citizens to create a community book!
Memories Book Project: Help to record the memories of local senior residents and help them connect to the local community and each other!
We have a fantastic new opportunity to get involved with the local community and develop new skills.
We are looking for highly inquisitive and social students who would like to interview local senior residents in Winchester. These interviews will be transcribed to create a Memories Book. This book will be given to the interviewees, and will act as wonderful example of student and local resident collaboration.
Have a positive effect in the local community
Bring some joy and warmth to senior residents in Winchester that may feel cut off or distanced from others
Gain skills in interviewing and transcribing (perfect for students interested in Psychology, Journalism, and Writing Courses)
Have the opportunity to meet like-minded students
Challenge yourself to do something new and different as this is a unique project in Winchester
A similar project has previously run in Imperial Hub where Memory Books were created for local residents who had Dementia.
The feedback received was phenomenal!
Qualitative feedback from family members:
“The family have really enjoyed being able to see it”
“I think it looks marvellous”
Qualitative feedback from participants:
“I’ve really enjoyed this, it’s been fun”
“This is the first time I’ve wished my mother were still here, so she could see this”
What evidence is there that reminiscence based therapies are helpful for elderly individuals?
It has been found that there can be results in improvements in cognition, mood, functional
ability and carer strain (Woods et al, 2009), cognitive status(Goldwasser, 1987) and improved behavioural functioning (Thogrimsen, 2002).
Compared to control groups, those engaged in reminiscence therapy have been shown to be more sociable, less depressed and have stronger signs of well-being (Chiang et al, 2010).
Benefits found include empowerment, raised self-esteem, improved communication, stimulation and an increase in sense of personal identity (McKee et al, 2003; Spector et al, 2009).
It can be used to improve the mood, cognitive ability and well-being of those with mild-moderate dementia. It can also uncover/preserve the identity of the person, promote collaboration with them, recognise their individual life story and values & offer a way for the pwd to articulate their needs (Institute for Research & Innovation in Social Services, 2010).
This project takes place around Winchester! However, if reasonable adjustments require you take an alternative form of transport, just get in touch and we can cover your costs. We reimburse all Winchester Hub volunteers' travel expenses.
Why not volunteer with a friend?
Volunteering for Winchester Hub is social and you'll have the chance to meet many like-minded people, but why not ask a friend to sign up with you too?
Have any questions about the application process or need reasonable adjustments made? Please contact Sim. We are inclusive and encouraging of all students who want to volunteer.