Book of You uses the proven benefits of reminiscence therapy. Create a life story using words, pictures, music and film. Bring family, friends and carers together in one place to show who a person was and who they are now.
Primarily set up to help people living with dementia, we soon realised that Book of You can help all sorts of people, including older people living in assisted accommodation and young adults with learning disabilities. And if you are a carer, creating a Book of You will provide the opportunity for a shared, fun activity that lets you spend quality time together.
In 2020, Book of You received funding from the Social Business Growth Fund, managed by WCVA, to take on two new members of staff expanding in-house skills and helping move the business forward. Both jobs were supported by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government.
Math newydd o lyfr sy’n defnyddio manteision profedig therapi hel atgofion yw Book of you. Mae’n creu hanes bywyd drwy ddefnyddio geiriau, lluniau a ffilm. Mae’n dod a theuluoedd, ffrindiau a gofalwyr at ei gilydd mewn un man er mwyn dangos pwy oedd rhywun a phwy ydi’r person yna erbyn hyn.
Os ydych chi’n gofalu am rywun sydd â dementia, mae creu Book of You yn rhoi cyfle i chi rannu gweithgaredd pleserus a threulio amser gwerthfawr gyda’ch gilydd.
Yn 2020, derbyniodd Book of You arian gan y Gronfa Twf Busnesau Cymdeithasol, a reolir gan Gyngor Gweithredu Gwirfoddol Cymru (CGGC), i gyflogi dau aelod staff newydd, ac o’r herwydd ehangu sgiliau mewnol a helpu i ddatblygu’r busnes. Cefnogwyd y ddwy swydd gan Gronfa Datblygu Rhanbarthol Ewrop trwy Lywodraeth Cymru.
Book of You Classic remains as the perfect platform to create and share your life story with loved ones. Using simple templates, the digital format allows you to mix and match media eg typed and spoken word, photographs, film, YouTube streaming or music to tell your unique story. Available as part of specific funded projects.
Ever dreamed of writing a book? Using our Classic platform, communities are coming together to tell the story of their group, town, culture or even railway line! The choice is yours. Get in touch for prices or funding opportunities to document your community memories in a digital format and then share your finished product on the ‘Community’ page on our website. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Our Care Home Buddy Project is currently active across North Wales and has been made possible by an award from Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. It benefits people living with depression through loneliness or dementia in our care homes. Buddies pledge to visit a resident who has few if any visitors for an hour a week every week to befriend and chat. Will you join our band of valued Volunteers? Contact email@example.com to find out more and make a difference!
Book of You’s experience in storytelling has led to us to share our knowledge by creating and hosting 2023’s successful Power of Storytelling for Those with Dementia course. In 2024 we will roll out more diverse courses, which will be available face to face or via Zoom. Courses are suitable for everyone, from carers and those living with dementia to professionals and those with an interest in the topic. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Coming soon! All the familiar features of Book of You Classic but in a *free native app/downloadable app that’s available through the App Store or Google Play. Ideal for creating your story on the go using your smartphone. Document, enjoy and share with friends! *this version has advertising. An ad free version will be available via subscription. Will be available early 2024.
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“Reminiscence is one of the most popular approaches in dementia care, tapping into the person’s store of long-term memories. Our research indicates that the best evidence for its effectiveness is when the person has a life story book, which we have shown results in improved quality of life. We have already seen that digital life story books add further to the benefits of conventional paper books, with potential for music, narration and video clips, giving greater power to memory triggers.”
– Professor Bob Woods, Professor of Clinical Psychology of the Elderly: Dementia Services Development Centre, Bangor University