Update on In Our Day Project
The In Our Day Project ran throughout 2019, working with care homes across the city. We held reminiscence sessions with local people with dementia and their carers, wrote poems together, and interviewed people about the important times in their lives, capturing memories of places, people and historical events and encouraging people to share their memories over a cup of tea.
We also ran dementia information sessions and training at Walkley Carnegie Library and held a fundraising Cupcake Day for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The project culminated in a book of poems, interviews and photographs which was distributed to care homes that had participated in the project. The book is also available at local libraries.
You can buy copies of the book from Amazon, with all royalties going to Walkley Carnegie Library. To buy a copy of the book in e-book or paperback form, click here!
In Our Day Project
In Our Day is a community project based at Walkley Library in Sheffield. It is funded by Sheffield City Council’s Dementia Innovation fund.
The project will be running throughout 2019, and will help to make Walkley Library a dementia-friendly community hub, during and after its restoration, which will make the library more accessible for everyone.
We’re Looking for Volunteers
We are currently looking for a group of young people who are interested in being volunteers for the project.
If you are studying a subject related to dementia, such as nursing, health and social care or occupational therapy, or are interested in storytelling, creative writing, English or history, we would be interested in hearing from you.
The volunteers will be trained in oral history skills, running reminiscence workshops and being dementia-friendly.
Together, we will interview older people with dementia and their carers about their shared experiences, in a series of workshops and one-to-one sessions.
Please fill in this form if you are interested in the project:
We want to work with local organisations such as nursing homes, sheltered living providers, lunch clubs, community centres and charities around Walkley and across the city, to host the group sessions for the project and to find individuals who want to be interviewed for the project.
We also want to make the library as dementia-friendly as possible and would love to hear your suggestions.
If you have dementia and want to be interviewed for the project, or if your have a friend or relative who is living with dementia, please get in touch using the form below, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Walkley Library on 0114 2312947.
I’m sure we will find some brilliant memories and stories that will help to make links and connections between people of different generations.
The stories will go into a book and will be featured on the project’s website and social media.
The focus of the projects will be on Walkley Library, but the workshops and interviews will mostly take place in day centres, lunch clubs etc, at the convenience of the older peoples’ groups.
We will also have a celebration event and book launch, with vintage fashion, music and food at the end of the year.
The project will help Walkley Carnegie Library to develop itself as a dementia-friendly hub, with a wide range of events and resources, and it will also provide opportunities for local young people to develop writing, technology and social skills which will help them to develop their careers and chances of employment, as well as building social links with older people.