About 100 stories
The 100 stories project engages the Ballarat community in supporting the estimated 9000 residents living with dementia - to reduce the social isolation and loneliness they experience. Community members and people with dementia will be invited to attend one of the monthly gatherings held in 2017 to hear people with dementia talk about their experiences. Working with local artists Christine Hickson and Mick Trembath, 100 stories will be documented, uploaded to this webpage - to reduce the stigma associated with dementia.
How to participate
Please contact the Project Coordinator Dr Catherine Barrett (details below) if you are interested in sharing your story - or documenting someone else's story. A project information sheet and consent form is available here. You are also welcome to attend the monthly gatherings held at the Ballarat North Community House, 6 Crompton Street Soldiers Hill to support the project and people with dementia. The remaining date is October 4th, from 2 - 3.30pm.
In October we will be hosting a Story Festival at the Ballarat Library to document more stories. We invite people with dementia and their families and friends to come and join us in documenting stories using letters, photographs, and art. The StoryFest will include:
- Photo story: Lisa White, The Social Photographer, will be on site to take portraits of people with dementia and their family members. Lisa’s photos have appeared in Vanity Fair and Huffington Post – bookings are essential and close on friday. Photos will be included on the 100 stories webpage (this page) and you will be invited to have your photo included in The Kiss - and exhibition taking place in Ballarat in early 2018. You will be provided with an e-copy of your photo
- Letters: write a letter to a person with dementia; letter writing material supplied
- Children stories: children are invited to share a story about a person with dementia – visit the children’s art table.
A number of people have asked us whether Ballarat people who live in residential aged care can be included - yes, absolutely. We have developed some flyers below for service providers and family members. Please contact us if you would like copies of the flyers.
The project team includes representation from a broad range of services in Ballarat and people with dementia and their families. We are also working with local artists Christine Hickson and Mick Trembath to help document stories in engaging ways. We'd love you to join us at our monthly meetings and be part of the team - you don't have to have particular expertise, just enthusiasm to help us document 100 stories.
Mick Trembath: After graduating from The Victorian College of the Arts with a Degree in Animatuer, Mick went on to tour Europe with out door performance group, The Five Angry Men. Upon returning to Australia, he has been involved in large scale festival organisation, artist in residence programs in regional Victoria, tutoring at various Universities as well as professional Art practice. Mick currently works creating large scale online memory repositories, making short documentary films as well as playing live music and trying to perfect scones in under 20 mins.
Christine Hickson: I'm passionate about art! I love making my own work and working with people of all ages to include creativity for fun, self expression and storytelling in their lives. I've worked in Early Childhood Education with preschoolers and find their approach inspirational. I've collaborated with Primary and Secondary school aged children on various art projects. Currently I'm employed at the Ballarat North community house for art making opportunities and classes with adults and elders. I'm excited to be working on the 100 Stories project.
The stories will be posted in this section of the webpage - with the most recent stories being posted at top and the oldest stories towards the bottom of the page. Click on the images to enlarge them.
#5. Rebecca Michelle Norton
A special thank you to Jill Blee for sharing this beautiful story about her sister Rebecca who passed away recently. You can read Jill's tribute to Rebecca by clicking here.
#4. Denis McKenzie
#3. John Brick
#2. Jac Kremmers
I've been a drummer for more than 40 years. I just want to keep my music. As long as I can keep playing my drums I'll be happy. (Photo copyright The Social Photographer - http://thesocialphotographer.com.au/).
#1. Lennyce Westaway
Lennyce's story is shared by her son David and her daughter-in-law Tracey. These beautiful letters are complimented by one of Lennyce's drawings about the importance of family. It's always we. We still love kissing after 60 years. We first kissed at the front gate 60 years ago - Lennyce was only 15 years, one month and 9 days. Lennyce's mum came out and said: David I want you to know that if you are going to take Lennyce out she has to be home the same day she goes. That kiss changed our life.
A small project launch was held on 20th December at the North Ballarat Community Centre. We were thrilled to have journalist Melanie Whelan there from the Ballarat Courier and Hannah Jenkins from Win News - getting the word out through local media is such an important way of letting people know about the project. Yvonne Bedford spoke so beautifully about her experience of dementia and we look forward to documenting her story using old knitting and sewing patterns - Yvonne showed us some of her old knitting patterns and her knitting prowess. Here are some of the photos from the launch.
100 stories has been funded by Helen Macpherson Smith Trust - an independent philanthropic trust helping to build fair, creative and resilient Victorian communities through initiatives that promote positive change.
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Dr Catherine Barrett
Phone: 0429 582 237
Phone: 0429 582 237
Partners and supporters
100 stories is a partnership between the Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre; Celebrate Ageing; Ballarat North Community House and The City of Ballarat - it is supported by Alzheimer's Australia Vic.