Inspired by the time she spent with her Gran, Charlotte Evans founded social enterprise Story Chaplain, which encourages and equips people to use everyday creativity when spending time with people living with and without dementia.
Charlotte holds MAs in Issues in Modern Culture, and Bibliotherapy (fiction therapy). She uses Comfort Words, poems and creative writing in her workshops. Charlotte often uses Wild Pottering, connection with nature and the seasons to encourage meaningful moments.
Other resources Charlotte has developed include the Ingredients Cards to encourage quality time with people living with and without dementia, and Use Your Marbles to promote better brain health right across the life course.
Charlotte has been running occasional bibliotherapy workshops for Dementia Pathfinders since 2017, and more recently was commissioned to develop At Home with the Seasons, a resource to support people living with and without dementia to savour and capture what they enjoy about each season.
Most recently Charlotte has developed and run a series of Life Story Workshops for Dementia Pathfinders.
Life Story Workshops
The aim of the workshops are to engage, encourage, and equip individuals to use the Life Story Book in their own context.
As a resource, the Life Story Book is designed in a pick-and-choose format to ensure complete flexibility. The different sections and prompt cards are designed to spark conversations and stories, and there is plenty of room to add photos, cuttings, and other life treasures to build a Life Story Book that is completely unique.
The Life Story Book can be used in the community by individuals, couples, and families, as well in care settings. While the resource is designed especially with people living with dementia in mind, it is possible to use the resource throughout the life course.
Meet with other people planning to use the Life Story Book
Consider some benefits of Life Story Work and identify possible barriers
Participate in exercises which identify, capture and share aspects of our life stories
Discuss and share ideas of how to use the Life Story Book
Plan the next practical steps to use the Life Story Book
For more information on the Life Story Workshops please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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