Life Stories brings young and old together. Teenagers visit with older people, ask them about their lives, and then capture their story in a written book. In the process, one generation learns from the other and each becomes a part of the other's Life Story.
※ A relationship with an older person can provide a young person with a link to the historical narrative of our country. The government has identified that this link can strengthen a young person’s sense of citizenship and commitment to future civic engagement (Youth Citizenship Commission, 2009)
☛ “Loneliness has the same effect on health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day” (Office for National Statistics, 2015)
❁ “Negative perceptions of older people can result in social exclusion, isolation and ultimately the abuse of older people.” (National Centre for the Protection of Older People)
✴︎ “A million people over the age of 65 say they often or always feel lonely; and two in five say the television is their main form of company.” (Age UK, 2014)
❁ “I never told anybody about my life because nobody ever asked! This project made me realize how lucky I have been to have had a wonderful life.” – Older LS participant
☛ “Participating in Life Stories is just the sort of thing we are looking for in our prospective student applications.” – UK University Dean
✴︎‘I’ve become great friends with my partner….we have a real laugh together’ – Life Stories Student participant