Hi, I'm Jane Nicholls.
I am an artist/writer with an MA in Authorial Illustration from Veryan on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall. I also provide art-based memory activities with dementia patients. I have recently set up a new social enterprise called Memorophilia (the love of memories), which exists to support those in danger of forgetting or of feeling forgotten. I provide products and services related to memory and identity. It is my aim to support people who are at risk of losing their cherished memories, or their ability communicate their identity to others. This could be through living with dementia, Parkinson's disease, growing older, or just through a lack of social contact.
In my local, very rural and cut-off community alone there are many elderly people I can think of right now, who are house bound or bed-bound, isolated, bored and lonely, all with incredible experiences behind them and stories to tell. How can we let these just be forgotten? How can we provide care for people without knowing anything about them? If you struggle to communicate or have problems with memory, all too often it is assumed that you know nothing. With costs for care being a constant consideration for older people, luxuries such as having your memoirs written are out of the question.
What I would like to do about it
To celebrate the launch of my social enterprise, I want to offer six such people from Cornwall UK the chance to have a minimum of 15 hours each of my time, to listen to them in their own homes, as they reminisce about their lives at their own pace. I will listen patiently, whilst providing company. I will then write their life-story anecdotes down, after which I will personally bind them into hand-crafted, boxed memoirs for each individual to keep to jog their own memories, to share with family or hand down to younger generations as a keepsake.
I would like to be able to offer these six opportunities for free on a first come first served basis, for anyone in Cornwall who answers the above description and who would like to have this done but who cannot afford to do so.