Information for Participants
This information was used to give to people taking part in a life story project. We encouraged staff at a residential setting to use this with their residents along with a consent form. We have included it in this toolkit as we feel it could be adapted for use in other settings.
What are the aims of the project?
• To put together stories and memories from your past and present
• To spend time looking at what you feel have been important events or people in your life
• To make a poster, a book, a memory box or something like this to present your story in your own way.
Examples of things you could include are:
• Your likes and dislikes
• Places you have been on holiday
• Relationships with people who have been important to you
• Past events or places that hold important memories
• Things you would like to do in the future.
What will happen with the life story work?
The life story work will be yours to do with as you please. At the end of the project, we may ask for you to consent to your work being used as an example about life story work, but you can choose to keep it private.
What will you get out of taking part ?
• An opportunity to practice or learn new skills, such as using a camera or developing drawing skills
• A chance to be creative
• An opportunity to discuss your life and think about things you might like to do in the future
• Produce a book, poster or something like this, that has stories from important people in your life and information about important places in your life. This will be yours to keep
What would taking part involve?
We will help or support you
- to think about what you want to include and help you gather information
- get in touch with family members and other people from your past that you would like to contribute stories and information
- to put your stories together. This could be in a number of different ways. Some examples are: a poster, a scrapbook or photo album, a collection in a box of important things that hold memories for you.
What happens if you want to stop?
At any time you can stop doing the life story project, should you wish. It may be helpful to know why you have decided this but you do not have to give us any reason.
What else might be involved?
It would help us if you could fill in a sheet after some of the life story sessions to say how you feel things are going.
With your consent, the life story sessions may be recorded so that the person working with you can listen back to what you have said. These recordings are also made to help us look at how the project is going. We can give you the recordings to keep once we have finished listening to them.