The Power of Sheffield Journeys

Researcher: Claire Craig

Dementia has been identified by the World Health Organisation as one of the major causes of disability worldwide, impacting both on the person and their caregivers and families.

The ‘Power of Sheffield Journeys’ explores the potential of film and digital technology in helping individuals living with dementia to re-connect with meaningful journeys and to build community connectedness. The research seeks to understand how the arts (most notably film and photography) can promote social inclusion of marginalized groups by placing people with dementia as experts in the filming.

Public bus and tram routes have been filmed across the city and researchers have worked in partnership with people with dementia to narrate, edit and craft these into a series of short films to bring meaningful journeys to life again.

To date the research has shown that people with dementia have been able to fully engage in the process. It also demonstrates that visual methods of video and photo-elicitation are useful methods to gain understanding of the experiences of older people living in the city.

In collaboration with:

Jayne Wallace and Tommy Dykes, Northumbria University

Participating organisations: Sheffield Community Transport, Stagecoach bus/Tram, First Group South Yorkshire, Alzheimer Society, Dementia Action Alliance.

Funded through: Sheffield Hallam University, Catalyst grant

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