Help us create a campaign to preserve life stories

by Tom Barham in Ruthin, Clwyd, Wales

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Join us to launch a Campaign to support family members of older people and people with dementia to 'Sit Down and Get Down' their life story

by Tom Barham in Ruthin, Clwyd, Wales

Join us to create a movement of people committed to helping their mums, dads and older family members to tell their life stories, and preserve their memories.  In short - to 'Sit Down and Get It Down'!

Since 2015 Book of You CIC has been helping older people, and people with dementia, to tell their life stories, using our award-winning multimedia web app and talented team.

Why?  We are driven by the value and fragility of memories, and how important they are in helping older people to be happy and to be cared for properly. Especially with dementia; we want to preserve memories, identities and emotions before they are gone forever.  We want to share these memories within families, friends and carers.

Life stories come from conversations.  Reminiscing isn't something done alone, it isn't as simple as downloading an app and getting on with it.  So we've delivered Book of You's work to date within communities using our brilliant team of Life Story Champions, making conversations, helping people to reminisce, and to use our App. 

 

“I thoroughly enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. I have been wanting to do a journal for my daughter so that she could understand all the happy memories that I have integrated into my dolls house. By having an opportunity to attend these sessions I was able to make a start. I didn’t know how to do it but now I have a wonderful legacy to leave behind. All the memories will make her giggle and remember me in a happy way after I’m gone. Through sharing of these stories my friends also got to know me better.”

However we realise that there is a limit to how many people we can work with just using our team.  We want to help 100,000 people to do this - rather than the 1000 we have worked with to date.  So we thought - is there a way that we can encourage, support and equip family members to have those conversations?  Can we help people to know where to start and what questions to ask?  How to find memory prompts? What is a Life Story? (clue: it could be Desert Island Discs.  It could be a photo album,  It could be recording your Dad's stories.  It could be home movies. It could be a family party.) How to bring a family together to reminisce?   

We decided to create a Campaign to reach and support people like you, and make it easy by helping people to reminisce through tips and ideas via video.  People can use the Book of You app, or any other way they like to document and preserve the stories. We will help and inspire it along the way.

“You can feel very invisible.  Book of You kick started and refreshed my memory. Because I was talking and looking at pictures my memories came back. It helped me piece bits of my life together.”

Why us?  Since our launch in 2015, we've worked with a range of partners including Health Boards, Local Authorities, Care Homes, Social Housing, Age Connects, UnLtd and Nesta to reach and support older people. We've a track record of working in partnership with businesses and government to make exciting things happen. 

We won the 2017 "Tech for Good" Award at the Social Business Wales Awards and were shortlisted in the Social Enterprise UK Awards.  Our work with Universities proves that life reminiscence makes people happy, less isolated and helps them to be cared for better.

We are though at heart a family business, a husband and wife with a talented team around us.  As a social enterprise, all profits are reinvested to grow and support more people in need.

So here is our Crowdfunder project.  We  need £15000 to help us to create a Campaign to capture life stories across the UK, and to develop a range of online material (videos, animations, help guides, infographics) to help families to reminisce.  If we achieve this - our stretch target is £25,000 which will let us find, recruit and train 50 volunteer 'Life Story Champions'  to help isolated older people to tell their life stories across the UK.

Join us!  The memories are worth it!!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

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Christmas Gift - Book of You lifetime account

A Unique and thoughtful Christmas Gift – A Book of You lifetime subscription to create their own family life story using our web app and support materials, with a personalised, handwritten Christmas Card, touchscreen pen and voucher for the recipient, giftwrapped and delivered with recipient’s name on the “wall of fame” supporter’s page

£5 or more

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Supporter

Mention on “wall of fame” page on Book of You website as a supporter. You'll directly help our work to save life stories!

£25 or more

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Book of You Life Story Account and Online Support

Book of You Life Story Web App - lifetime account and online support package for your family (available March 2019) that will let you put together a brilliant multi-media life story and share it with your family and friends. This uses our proven, web app and the new online support materials that we'll develop to help you - which this Crowdfunding project will fund. Plus website thanks on our “wall of fame” supporter page.

£40 or more

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Sponsor a Life Story!

You can provide a Book of You Life Story lifetime account for one of Book of You's clients - with personal letter of thanks from Book of You and/ or the recipient and “wall of fame” supporter mention (Book of You will choose the recipient within a project – they will be a person in need of support through loneliness/ isolation/ dementia and unable to fund it themselves).

£100 or more

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Sponsor a Life Story supported by BOY staff

Sponsor 3 hour long life story sessions for a person, supported by a Book of You staff member, including the lifetime Book of You account. You'll get a letter of thanks from Book of You and/or the recipient as well as “wall of fame” supporter mention on our website. Book of You will choose the recipient within a project – they will be a person in need of support through loneliness/ isolation/ dementia and unable to fund it themselves.

£125 or more

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Your own personalised Memory Box

Ideal to prompt memories and create your own Life Story family project. We will supply you with your own personalised memory box (items including magazines, memorabilia, photos or videos researched to an era, hobbies, and location) with a “wall of fame” namecheck on our website.

£180 or more

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Christmas Gift- Life Story App and Tablet Computer

An ideal gift this Christmas that gives you all you need to create your own life story. Book of You works beautifully on tablet computers like this. Includes Lenovo TAB E10 10.1”, Book of You lifetime subscription to create their own family life story, with a personalised, handwritten Christmas Card, touchscreen pen and voucher for the recipient, giftwrapped and delivered with recipient’s name on the “wall of fame” supporter’s page

£750 or more

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'This is Your Life' evening for your family

A real treat - this is a personalised ‘This is Your Life’ evening organised with you for your family member and recorded on either Book of You or DVD. We'll come to you and run a special evening for your loved one - we'll ask friends and family to contribute their messages. With a special “wall of fame” key supporter mention on our website and invitation to our Campaign launch in Spring 2019

£1,500 or more

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Your Company's Life Story

Your business has it's own story too! Book of You staff will spend a day interviewing staff about their stories, successes and values, and we will put it into a Book of You and/or DVD for all staff and customers to see on your company website. Your name on Book of You's website homepage as key sponsor. With a special “wall of fame” key supporter mention and invitation to our Campaign launch in Spring 2019

£7,500 or more

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Sponsor our "Sit Down and Get It Down" Campaign

Become our headline sponsor for a year. Be co-branded with Book of You on our website, social media and all our activities for the year including the "Sit Down and Get It Down" web pages, social media, PR and events. Invitation to our launch event and activities throughout the campaign across the UK.

Let's make 'Help us create a campaign to preserve life stories' happen