Thursday, 06 November 2014

The valuable work of a 'Life Stories' project at Peace Hospice Care has been selected as a finalist for the National Dementia Care Society Award Scheme.

The Ken Holt Memorial Award is given in recognition of those who have changed people's lives through using life stories.  It celebrates work that not only transforms the lives of individuals living with dementia and their family or carers but also has a liberating impact on professionals, positively changing organisational cultures through capturing, embedding and promoting the use of life stories.

Miranda Quinney who has been capturing Life Stories at the Hospice for the past three years with Peace Hospice Care Senior Social Worker Doreen Pattenson attended the  presentations on November 11th at the Hilton Brighton Metropole and were delighted to be amongst the nominations.

'We were very proud of the nomination and that the Life Stories work brings recognition to Peace Hospice Care,' said Doreen.

Their Life Stories project has been embraced by the Starlight Centre at the Hospice.

'I believe passionately in this work,' said Miranda Quinney. 'When an individual shares their life story it makes them feel valued and important and can take them out of where they are simply by being listened to. It turns the individual back into a person and not a patient. We all have memories we can talk about.'

 'My hope is that every Hospice in every country uses life stories,' said Miranda. 'It does change and improve lives and everyone can benefit from it. Life stories was initially designed for use within Peace Hospice Care and is now reaching out into the community beyond its four walls.'