Sounding Out Your Heritage

We know that improving access to informal learning for older people can have an overwhelmingly positive impact on their health and confidence, and dramatically improve the quality of their lives. 

GEM has learnt an enormous amount from running its Sounding Out Your Heritage project and we are sharing the lessons learnt in these pages.  Here is a short summary of what there is:

Project A description of GEM’s Sounding Out Your Heritage project and its outputs and outcomes.
Resources Descriptions and copies of the fantastic resources made by the project participants.
Toolkit The online version of the Best Practice Toolkit on using learning to improve health and well-being in older adults.
Conference A report of GEM’s conference on 25 May 2010
Training GEM’s training plans for those wishing to work with older adults
Links Details of heritage organisations working with older adults
Forum A discussion forum for those interested in developing heritage learning with older adults


“Sounding Out Your Heritage is all about getting over 60s together in small groups to explore times gone by and record their personal stories.  Working together over a number of weeks, participants made some fantastic resources: story books, audio CDs, leaflets, posters, a memory box and a sensory quilt."
Dr John Stevenson, director, GEM


Click on the play button to see a short videoclip
about the Sounding Out Your Heritage project


GEM’s Sounding Out Your Heritage project was funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills through the Transformation Fund. 

BIS Transformation Fund