life story work

One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics.

Developed through a process of rapid appraisal, Insights seek to highlight the practice implications of research evidence and answer the 'So what does this mean in practice?' question for each topic reviewed.

This Insight looks at reminiscence therapy and life story work for those with dementia.

Evidence summary that explores what story and storytelling is, and whether autobiographical, first-person storytelling has a valuable impact on practice, and can engender positive meaningful change for individuals who access support.

It examines how storytelling has been used across social services to date, considers its value, and highlights some considerations for those creating and using stories. Case study evidence is provided to showcase the benefits of storytelling in practice.

For more story-based resources, see the Storybank.

Project which aims to create a textured picture of the day-to-day reality of homelessness as experienced by the women who are living through it and the insights from the people who support them. 

The website is an online platform that brings together the work created over the 18-month project, which culminated in an exhibition at gallery@oxo from 14th – 18th November on London’s South Bank in November 2012.

For more story-based resources, see the Storybank.

This TED Ed resource is a quick introduction to the filmed case studies sharing stories of resilience amongst at-risk youth. The New Zealand singer Kimbra is the Ambassador for this UNESCO project and introduces the material. She also shares her own lessons in resilience building speaking directly to her peers.

For more story-based resources, see the Storybank.

Families share stories of how they overcame obstacles to get the best outcomes for their disabled children. This parent leadership development programme collates and distributes these important experiences so that parents can inspire each other into action and benefit from each other's experiences 24/7.

For more story-based resources, see the Storybank.

Storyworks gathers and presents personal stories around a range of topics. It works with artists, health professionals, researchers, charities, patients, and theatre companies. Its projects have taken them around the world; from living rooms and hospital wards to music festivals and prison cells.

For more story-based resources, see the Storybank.

Manual that has been developed to assist community and women’s health agencies in building their capacity to evaluate health promotion programs and practice using an approach that incorporates narrative evaluation and action research methodologies. 

It has been produced through the collaborative work of the Narrative Evaluation Action Research (NEAR) pilot project team based in Melbourne, Australia.

For more story-based resources, see the Storybank.

Stories of those affected by dementia, including people with dementia, carers and relatives.

For more story-based resources, see the Storybank.

Carers' personal stories of caring for people with dementia.

For more story-based resources, see the Storybank.

Soon after retiring in 1990, GP Joe McShane found out that his wife Ethna had developed Alzheimer's disease. Joe cared for Ethna for six years until a fall led to her being admitted to the Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester. He tells the story.