Life Story Project

What is the Life Story Project?

The Life Story Project has been funded by the Lottery Community Fund for a five year period beginning in April 2019. The Project works with Young People aged 11-22 who are in Care, have left Care or who have been Adopted , and who have had questions about their lives and experiences, in the past and in the present.

The project works to help these young people to fill in the gaps in their personal history and to talk about their memories, both positive and negative.

The Life Story Project will:

  • Work with young people on a one to one basis to provide them with relevant information about their birth family.
  • Support the young person to explore and understand their early life and in care experiences.
  • Facilitate opportunities for the young person to build on their self-esteem.
  • Help the young person make sense of their identity.

The Project will also:

  • Include Carers & Adoptive Parents to support their young people during the sessional work.
  • Assist Carers & Adoptive parents in their understanding of the young people in their care.
  • Engage with Birth parents, previous Carers and significant others to gather important information.

Life Story work provides each young person with information about his/her past and helps him/her to understand this information through:

  • Creative activities
  • Visits to significant locations
  • Games
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Digital media

The Life Story worker completes a coherent narrative from the information gathered for and during the work, and produces a record of the work in the format of an individual bespoke Life Story Book.

The Life Story project accepts referrals for young people across Northern Ireland via their local Health & Social Care Trust and is Lottery funded for five years.

The Life Story Project can be contacted at:

Belfast

97 Malone Avenue, Belfast, County Antrim, BT9 6EQ

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