The Memory Exchange Project celebrates the contribution that older people make to our community by recording their memories and experiences.
The Memory Exchange Project in Edinburgh records the memories and experiences of older people who may be isolated in the community, providing the chance to share their memories, make new friends and learn new skills. This chance to remain active and feel valued can have a profound effect on a person's ability to live an independent and fulfilled life in their own homes for longer.
George is 91 years old and is keen to remain active and involved. Through the project he has learned ICT skills, regularly attends events at the reminiscence centre and is currently active in trying to set up a museum for the village.
Project spokesperson, Heather Robertson explains: “George is keen to keep contributing to his local community. Recently he has taken part in a project with 16-18 year olds sharing his memories and creating a life story book. Bringing the generations together has helped to break down barriers between those of different ages and enabled them to meet together in a friendly and supportive environment.”
The Memory Exchange Project was a semi-finalist in the 2012 National Lottery Awards.