Click this for a quick easy guide to all the Memory Work resources and information available on this website.
Welcome To The Memory Book Site
What and who is this website for?
The aim of this website is to make the Memory Book ideas easy to understand and to use for anyone who wants this information. Memory Books.org.UK is not in competition with the large NGOs and CBOs with their training budgets and teams of professionals. Instead it is a first aid service for the millions of individuals and small informal groups of people who are out of reach of the big organisations and who have no other way of getting training or printed materials on Memory Work.
This website is provided by the team who wrote the original Memory Book and Memory Project Training Programme. All the materials included on this website are freely available to anyone who needs them and who can gain access to the internet.
We hope you will find the information interesting, helpful and easy to use. We look forward to hearing from you, the people who need and use these ideas. Your ideas for how we can make the website easier to use and your suggestions for new information to be included, will be very welcome. Please visit our Contact Us page.
What is the Memory Book?
Originally the Memory Book was written for families living with HIV/Aids, where there was a risk that parents would die before their children were independent. But it has been equally useful in situations where parents have died or been separated from their children for many other reasons, including war, migration, family breakdown, imprisonment or death or separation for many other causes.
What is the Memory Project training programme?
Over time, as parents asked different questions, the training programme expanded to cover 10 main topics which were taught as a “package” to parents attending a one-week course with trained trainers. This worked well for the minority of parents who are within reach of a training course. But of course that opportunity is not available for most families. So the main topics have now been re-organised and are available on this website for individuals or small informal groups to use as they wish. The writers of this website realise its far from ideal to work alone or without professional support, but hope that the training topics will go some way to answer some of the burning questions that parents ask. To find out more about the training topics go to the Training Topics page.
Future plans – some ideas on how this website can develop.
- include useful ideas from individuals or groups who have used the Memory Book or training materials;
- give space to those of you who would like to write a blog on your Memory Work experiences;
- set up a system for people with relevant experience who would be willing to offer support to self-help groups who would welcome a mentor;
- increase the scope of the Resources section to include ideas for activities, wise words, links to other useful websites;
- and of course with your help, produce more translations of the Memory Book guides so that it is avaialble to more families around the world;
How to find what you want on this website.
The menu links at the top of each page and the links in the right hand column take you to the website's materials, content and contact forms. If you still cannot find what you need try the site search form, always located in right hand column.