Bring Stories to Life – Lancashire Workforce Development Partnership

Last Thursday we spent the day in Preston with Lancashire Workforce Development Partnership. We spent the day working with a group of 10 care professionals investigating how participatory storytelling can be used to improve the health and well-being of people with dementia. The session was inspiring and though provoking, in particular around the consideration of why we may choose to use creative storytelling as a specific engagement tool. Here are some of the ideas that we came up with:

  • An opportunity for celebration
  • An opportunity to share
  • A way to keep people moving
  • A great way to stimulate the release of endorphins
  • A way to encourage group discussion
  • A social activity that brings people together
  • A way to stimulate active memory
  • A way to maintain the normality of interaction and routine
  • A way to maintain independence
  • A way to stimulate confidence building and self-esteem
  • A source of debate
  • A way for people to get to know each other better
  • A way to meet individual needs and skills
  • Creates a sense of achievement
  • Maintains self-esteem
  • Gives us an opportunity to learn from service users / patients / clients / each other


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