The Life Story Project provides a personal, unique service for individuals, families and groups, enabling you to keep safe your personal history, memories, stories and messages.
You tell your story and select special photos, film and videos and even favourite books, poems, recipes, and souvenirs to help build a picture of your life. We help you to create your legacy, to reflect what has been, and continues to be most important to you.
Working with you, we help you to gather, design and produce personal and family archives in a range of formats chosen by you. We bring together a timeless collection of memories and messages for your friends and loved ones, and for future generations. These can be presented as gifts, or to celebrate and commemorate occasions such as:
"Instructions for living a life.Mary Oliver
Tell about it."
We start by exploring with you what you would like to achieve, the material you would like to include, ways to bring it together to suit your preferences, and your budget.
We work with you, record your life story and transcribe it so that your story, your memories and messages are captured in a range of ways, including:
"For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story. A story has a sense of a whole, and its arc is determined by the significant moments, the ones where something happens."Atul Gawande
Who we are
"The importance of reflecting on, and keeping safe memories is something that has always interested me. Whether it is reminiscing with family and friends, or saving photos and films, or listening to the life stories of grandparents, I try to capture and pass on our family history to my own sons, grandchildren and nephews. Returning to these memories - making sense of the past and present - brings laughter and joy, sometimes sadness, but it always enriches us when we revisit, reflect, and remember."
"This has shaped the development of the Life Story Project. We offer a simple and flexible approach, supporting people to reflect on their life story, and make sense of it."
"With a background in the NHS and voluntary work, I have experience in writing and editing, communications, project management, and working one-to-one and with groups. I enjoy being part of a large, extended family where our life stories, and shared history are valued, and saved for future generations."
Kate is a volunteer at St Margaret’s Hospice, Somerset where she has introduced life story work with people receiving the hospice’s services.
"When we tell our story it is often to remember, to inform, celebrate, to seek understanding, or even to move beyond the story. We have seen through the veil of our own lens but also at times through the imagined lens of others. Life stories become maps to otherwise hidden lands, but of course we may choose to whom the maps are revealed."
"I graduated from Falmouth College of Art (now University Falmouth) in 1997, with a degree in Fine Art. Later I discovered I had an aptitude for support work. I worked with people of varying ages and backgrounds in projects such as Mental Health Day Services, Families Floating Support, Housing Support and offering support and guidance within a further education setting. Usually if someone needs help with something in life they need to feel they can trust enough to share at least some of their story. To this end I am privileged that many people have shared their stories with me."
"Sometimes you remember your life in photographs that were never taken."Jackie Kay
For an informal chat about your interests, preferences, and costs tailored to your needs, please contact us using the form below.