Openstorytellers is delighted to have been awarded funding from the National Lottery to develop Memory People, an innovative social enterprise led by people with learning disabilities. Memory People aims to help people who have difficulty recalling or communicating memories by developing resources such as memory boxes, story quilts and photo stories.
These memory resources will help people give voice to their personal histories and help family, friends and those working with them to understand more about their personal identities. Memory and recall of events and people can be problematic for people who have cognitive impairments, in particular, children and adults with severe and profound intellectual disabilities, and older people with dementia.
Our Charity Manager, Emma says, “we are absolutely thrilled to receive this Reaching Communities funding for what we think will be a very empowering project, both for our members creating the memory resources, and for those people using them.”
A member of Openstorytellers describes why this project is so important: “People who can’t talk have memories, you can tell by their eyes, when they look at a picture they pick up. If you can’t share your memories and it is hard to communicate, it’s upsetting and you feel scared and worried”.
If you or someone you know would be interested in getting involved in the project, contact Simon Blakeman the Project Co-ordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 01373 454099.