Told in South Yorkshire – life story work and people with dementia

ContactJane McKeown
Telephone0114 2263950

Told in South YorkshireA group comprising people with dementia, carers, health and social care staff and academics are leading a programme of research and practice development around the use of Life Story Work.

This work programme includes:

  • Workshops to people with dementia, family carers and care staff
  • Ad hoc training sessions and events
  • Development of a website resource
  • A film of the life stories of a group of older male steel workers from the Yemen
  • Practice development and evaluation in Health Care Trusts
  • The development of a Life Story Work Resource Pack which will be launched at a Life Story Work Showcasing Event to be held on Thursday 28th November 2013 at St Mary’s Conference Centre in Sheffield.

The film below shows the life stories of a group of older male steel workers from the Yemen living in Sheffield.

This work is funded through South Yorkshire Collaborations in Leadership for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC – SY), Foundation of Nursing Studies and Sheffield Hospitals’ Charity.


“It has made me consider people and situations from different perspectives and reminded me people are individuals. It may be useful in future as I am a nursing student and may get the opportunity to take part in a life story book.”

“The best workshop I’ve been to for many years – well paced, excellently facilitated. Have been inspired, thanks.”

“The training was very informative and shared by many different disciplines. Exercise work very enjoyable and made you think about your own life.”

“Even just talking about someone’s life is a very good leveller and brings about respect, interest and interaction between story teller and carer/worker.”