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LifeBooks for Older People

An innovative project supporting older people to record their life stories using mixed media.

Who is Taking Part

Digital Voice has recently joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Society, the NHS and Bernicia Homes to deliver an innovative new course for people with dementia in Northumberland.


  • We designed and piloted a course to help people with dementia explore, record and celebrate their life journeys, using a range of digital and print media.
  • Participants engage in a series of arts and reminiscence workshops.
  • Everyone produces their own digital LifeBook.

What Happened

We worked with three groups based in Bedlington and Alnwick. Each group completed a ten week course.

Participants used photographs, music, archive websites and group discussions to stimulate their own recollections, anecdotes and memories.

Everyone was supported to use text, audio, video and digital scrapbooking to create their own personal digital LifeBook.


All three groups completed the course.

Participants produced digital LifeBooks that reflected their rich and varied life experiences.

We celebrated the completion of the project by inviting families to view the finished LifeBooks.

Benefits for Participants

The participants got the opportunity to learn about and use new media technology.

The Digital LifeBooks provide a valuable legacy for participants and their families.

The opportunity to meet up and share experiences and memories with other people in similar situations was highly valued by all participants.


We are grateful to The Big Lottery Awards for all as well as our partners for supporting the learners.

Who Else Would Benefit From This Sort of Project

Digital Voice can offers this course for adult learners and have been awarded funding to offer LifeBooks courses in County Durham in 2018.

LifeBooks Vignettes from Digital Voice on Vimeo.

Why LifeBooks? from Digital Voice on Vimeo.