Sounding Out Your Heritage Best Practice Toolkit

Author: John Stevenson, Chrissy Stower, Kim Klug and Fenella Hunt

Owner GEM

Date published 2010

A Best Practice Toolkit for care professionals, heritage educators and independent learners.

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.

The Best Practice Toolkit shares what GEM has learned from running Sounding Out Your Heritage (SOYH) – a pilot heritage learning project for the over 60s. It will help you understand the positive impact of on-going heritage learning, and show you how to develop programmes of learning activity.

Best Practice toolkit
The “core” toolkit is a basic, step by step guide to running a heritage learning project for over-60s, covering the strategy and planning as well as the day to day coordination. It takes you through from the very beginning – developing the project idea – to the very end – how to sustain the work in the future. As you work your way through the toolkit, you will come across in-focus and example documents. These provide additional guidance on specific aspects of the core toolkit; for example a template from the SOYH project or a more detailed look at a particular aspect of the toolkit i.e. working with the frail elderly.

There are five “how to” practical guides available to download along with the toolkit, which are for producing specific heritage learning resources. They are simple and easy to use:

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