Sound Memories Radio Empowering Ourselves through Life Story
We are an Award Winning Dementia Friendly Radio Station based in West Wales, run by and for older people. We specialise in helping each other to devise reminiscence resources by sharing our life stories. We do this through our Digital Life Story Channel & by collating Environmental Sound Maps of the places that we have lived all our lives.
We are helped by our Award Winning Founder & Director Cheryl Beer who works hard behind the scenes, training us to make our own recordings & showing us how to manage the website. We all have lots of experience & skills to bring to the table, so we empower & help each other to continue contributing to our community, in ways that make us happy. We also work with the younger generation to celebrate our lives, share our stories, build bridges, make friends, thus deconstructing any stereotypes that might have been held about old age & dementia.
This year, we held our Summer Wildflower Online Exhibition for those who could not get outdoors and Cheryl is currently investigating some innovative research into the benefits of silence and nature, for those with end stage dementia.
Sound Memories Radio was launched at The National Botanic Garden of Wales by invitation from the Older People's Commissioner for Wales. Our Founder Cheryl Beer, won a GOLD Wales National Care Award for her pioneering work in setting up Sound Memories, as well as an Outstanding Contribution from the University of South Wales.