Stories From My Life

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Stories from My Life is an intergenerational program that focuses on creating and preserving stories from the lives of our ageing local communities. The program links students to the Aged Care Industry and Senior Community Organisations as part of VCAL studies (Personal Development Skills, Literacy & World of Work), and provides an opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge of career pathways within a skilled shortage area.

Students visit weekly holding one-to-one sessions with an allocated senior, finding out and recording information from their past. They then draw up a storyboard and produce a DVD on the story provided by their senior.  Stories are published in various forms and preserved at local libraries and presented to seniors involved by way of a celebration and morning tea.

The program aims:

  • achieve outcomes towards VCAL certificate
  • links our youth with our ageing community
  • exposes youth to stories of our past
  • exposure to career pathways within a skill shortage area
  • preserves the history of our local seniors
  • breaks down some of the barriers between generations
  • training and support in the production/publication of stories
  • provide opportunity for intergenerational sharing

As part of the program, the facility/organisation will provide an induction & overview of career pathways within the industry, this will also include the opportunity for the first meet and greet between students and senior participants and an opportunity to share employment journeys and current chosen career pathways.

The program targets a vast audience including local seniors & youth, libraries, community organisations, general local community, family & friends.  It provides an opportunity for students to develop positive relationships with seniors and to create an intergenerational exchange.

This intergenerational program offers a great opportunity to share and celebrate the lives of our ageing community.  It brings together like minded organisations to engage, support and acknowledge seniors to achieve positive outcomes for communities.