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Welcome to Life Story Practice
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Welcome to Life Story Practice -introducing the way I support people from all walks of life to tell their stories. I am curious about how the process and product of life story practice can enhance the quality of day to day living. I have experience working alongside people with memory loss and learning disabilities. Sometimes I work with people on their own and sometimes with...

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Memory Loss
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If you or a friend or relative are experiencing memory loss, life story work can  make a positive impact on your daily life. I have training and experience of working alongside people with memory loss and dementia who are living at their family homes or in residential care. Capturing your memories can be beneficial on many levels  and I will work with you sensitively...

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Learning Disability
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People with learning disabilities are particularly vulnerable to having their life stories hijacked. By acknowledging the inequality of the interviewer-interviewee relationship and deliberately stepping into a position ‘alongside’ the narrator it is possible to reduce both the power and bias of the interviewer. Sensitively tuning in to individual communication styles, developing a culture of openness and trust and adjusting to the narrator’s pace of...

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Facing life’s challenges
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I am particularly interested in recording the stories of people whose lives have changed due to an unexpected turn of events. Inside My Dance is the story of dancer and choreographer Angela Lane whose middle child has a rare genetic disorder. Our collaborative project used oral history methods to record and thematically analyze Angela’s story. We found creative ways to present both her spoken...

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Photography
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Photographs are a valuable trigger for memories of people and places. A simple and chronologically arranged album of photos with concise pieces  of information can be an endless source of pleasure and a useful aid to memory. I can scan, copy and digitally edit old photos for reproduction. I am particularly interested in portrait photography and enjoy experimenting with digital apps to create unusual...

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Digital Storytelling
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Digital storytelling was first developed in Berkeley, California in the 1990s. It is a useful tool for telling short stories of up to 5 minutes and uses photography and sound to create powerful films. The Center for Digital Storytelling emerged out of the artistic and cultural ferment in the United States during the 1970s and 80s. During this time, arts practitioners and educators across...

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Oral History
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I am an experienced interviewer and use digital recording equipment and editing programmes to deliver high quality sound. I was trained in the use and critical analysis of oral history methods while studying at Sussex University. As part of the course I spent a work placement at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery working along side the oral history curator and researching the history of...

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Talks and Workshops
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I value spending time with others who are passionate about life story research, oral history and digital storytelling and am a regular attendee of workshops, exhibitions and conferences. I run workshops about practical and ethical approaches to doing life story work. You can find out more here: http://noellemccormack.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/life-story-workshop/ And I have given talks at a variety of conferences including the International Oral History Association,...

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Reasons to do life story work
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I’ve yet to find a downside to supporting people to tell their stories. I have found that life story projects have the capacity to; support identity increase self-esteem provide a safe haven in the chaos of life’s challenges offer opportunities for reciprocated conversations through shared experience shift the balance of power improve the continuity and the quality of care provide a place to express...

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What people say…
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Noelle is a talented and experienced Life Story Practitioner who brought her expertise to our project and helped create a great result for the individual we asked her to work with. She also gave invaluable support and advice to his staff team who spoke very highly of the quality of her work. Angela Lane Director at Full Report   It is a great pleasure to...

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Some useful links
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For Life Story Work: http://www.dementiauk.org/information-support/life-story-work/ http://www.lifestorynetwork.org.uk   For Oral History: http://www.ohs.org.uk http://oralhistorynoticeboard.wordpress.com   For Digital Storytelling: http://www.photobus.co.uk/?id=534 http://storycenter.org http://duckrabbit.info/training/     Some recommended reading: The Oral History Reader (Routledge Readers in History) Eds Robert Perks, Alistair Thomson Voice of the Past: Oral History (Opus Books) by Paul Thompson Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community (Routledge) by Joe Lambert Next...

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