Sound Memories 2016
With your help, Sound Memories is successfully developing an inclusive online radio station run by and for older people, housing a library of life stories to create inclusive resources for reminisence, as well as creating a bank of dementia friendly environmental sound maps.
We are currently raising funds to develop a service whereby we can offer people the opportunity to preserve the 78" vinyl records collections of older people, into a digital format so that this reminiscence resource is not lost, at our The Gramophone Drop -in Sessions.
We hold digital storytelling events at Care Homes where we showcase digital stories & music before they are uploaded to our station, so that we can celebrate those taking part with their family, friends & local community and get feedback about the content of the digital stories before sharing them.
Thanks to your support, our Online Radio Station www.soundmemoriesradio.com has over 500 listeners and nearly 40 volunteers in their 70 -90's who share stories and life memories or help behind the scenes.
Here is a picture of some of the Dementia Friendly Award Winning resources that Sound Memories has already made that have been distributed to libraries :-
Your funding pays for visits to User Groups that have been set up and a Committe of older people in residential care to advise and lead on the project, responding to need.
Sometimes we work one to one, helping people to transfer thier video and music into digital format so that they can esily store their memories, other times we all work as a group, including family and carers, all helping each other and having fun in the process.
Your donations enable Sound Memories Radio the continuity it needs to maintain relationships with those taking part.
Thanks to your donations, our bank of soundscapes is growing into a Rural and Coastal Sound Map for those who are no longer able to get out and about, such as recordings of seasides along the Carmarthenshire Coast.
An example of our work can be seen in the sharing of Louie's Life Memories the picture below, which became a book, a CD, an Exhibition and Children's Story Trail in Llanstephan where she is from.
Together, we can be the loving and respectful change that we want to see in the now, which ultimately , my friends, will impact our own future and how we receive support for ourselves &/or our loved ones.
Thank you so much for your time, your energy, your love and your support and off course, your donations.
'My name is Cheryl Beer. I am the Founder & Director of Sound Memories. I am a qualified Sound Healer & Reiki practitioner with 30 years experience in Community Arts, as a musician, practitioner and as a Director. I have a first degree in Behavioural Sciences, a Masters in Social Science and Economics as well as a Masters in Drama, specialising in Applied Arts & Health. '
If you would like, you can find out more about me here:
I hope this message finds you well.
I am writing here because we need your help with our next project.
Sound Memories aims to work with older people living with dementia in West Wales to empower them to make a new resource: An innovative 'Learn Welsh' CD, recorded with retired teachers now living in care, that will become a valuable tool for the community and equally as important, help staff to communicate with those in their care, using their first language.
Our target for the project is £1000.00
We have a few fundraising ideas in the pot but if you can help by donating here, it would be a tremendous support not just financially, but knowing you are with us & believe in our work.
It has been a whole year now since I opened our Gofundme Campaign. The aim was to raise the £8000 we needed to continue to run the project part time for a year.
Although we did exceptionally well we were £3107 short on what we needed.
Sustaining the project long term on this level of funding short fall is not tenable. Therefore, Sound Memories is currently in the process of restructuring.
Later this week, I will reset our Gofundme counter to ZERO & set new aims & targets for the next 12 months.
I want to say a MASSIVE thank you to each and every one of you that donated this year, bought the things I made, came to my events, helped, supported, encouraged and gave me the strength to carry on.
Please stay with us on this journey, we still need you. We are the same ship but charting a new course to navigate in a sustainable way going forward.
After postage, we raised £25.00 for the Sound Memories Project. Shey is also flying the Sound Memories flag at her Craft Stall in Swansea University. Thanks a million Shey xxx
Also this week I had a fantasitc meeting with Micheel Jones of the PArent Network and insights in Petra Publishing that have been very helpful. Also Michelle has very kindly lent us her gramophone for the Vinyl Project & her husband has donated deom of his 78's vinyl collection. Thank you so much for your kindness.
Tomorrow, our Sound Memories Angels, Elizabeth
Mc Avoy & Tina Wills, are opening a Sound Memories Fundraising Stall for us at The Winter Craft & Holistic Fayre organised by the lovely Sheila Bassett at The Temple of Light,Ystradgynlais.
I will be joining them to chant a blessing for the Event and offer Mantra treatments for donations to our project.
Also I have written a new business plan for the next phase of Sound Memories. Our Gofundme campaign ends next week. The first of a series of meetings for sustainability is booked for next Tuesday.
Will keep you all posted about how it all goes tomorrow. I am very excited indeed.
So much love
It's a busy time at Sound Memories Radio.
Last week I did a Drop in at Cwm Awr making our CD covers (which people have loved) and bumped into Ivor, so this week I have been visiting him and helping him to put his filmed life memories from the 1960's into a format that he can access and work with himself.
I arranged and went for a meeting with Brian Jones from Magic Moments in Llandysul, who is very kindly helping me and Ivor with some technical formatting in his studio. I am always touched at how compassionate people are. Thanks Brian.
I am totally inspired by Ivor. He is 92 and determined to re-learn new digital technology. I take my hat off to him & feel very privileged to be able to help him in this way.
I have been visiting our core committee members and helping a dear friend and peer volunteer to the project, who happens to have moved into the very home where our committee is based!
I bumped into another of our volunteers, Richard in the corridor and we had a good catch up, too. He and Nellie still love to watch the digital story we made.
I am working quite hard on the fundraising CD. Although we all gave our time for love to make it, we haven't quite broken even on the costs we couldn't avoid, the mastering, duplication of CD's, wallets and materials to make the covers look nice, as well as the jiffy bags and postage ... but we are nearly at break even from pre-order sales and very soon we will be at the point where we can donate all the profits to the project
I have been invited onto 2 Radio Stations to talk about Sound Memories: Radio Oystermouth & Radio Cardiff. That's quite exciting isn't it. I will see if one of the committee members would like to come with me.
I am still waiting for the new fliers to come back & the lovely Llinos is still working on our translation into Welsh language.
I have arranged to meet with Michelle Jones who is very kindly donating a gramophone so that we can start the Vinyl Project but I can tell you more about that later.
We have a few other things in the pipeline ... but I will wait and tell you about them next time.
Friends, thank you so much for your love, your support, your feedback, and for donating to the project by buying CD's or having meditation sessions with me, or just because you believe in us.
Heart blessings & love to you all