Liverpool residents turn back time down Memory Lane
Published by Sophie Willett for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Housing
Resident looking back on her memories
Families are joining together to shape their local heritage for social history project Memory Lane, thanks to a generous donation from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund.
Memory Lane, organised by community group Health on the Agenda, is highlighting the local history of Liverpool by encouraging families and local businesses to share their personal stories for future decades to look back on.
All memories are being collated together to paint a celebratory picture of Liverpool’s heritage on one website. Health on the Agenda is supporting residents to remember as many memories as possible, by providing visual and audio stimuli, including songs from ‘back in the day’.
Amanda Meaghan, director of Health on the Agenda, said: “Memory Lane is locking in on the growing trend of social media and the love of sharing for the good of the local community. The social history project is capturing stories that are important to the neighbourhood and improving history for the local area.
“We hope that Memory Lane will encourage residents and families to share their stories on local heritage. It is important to share what we know and let the song in our heart be heard. We hope as many residents as possible will get involved – it’s never too late to share your family’s story.”
Christa Ripley, Sanctuary’s head of housing operations in the North West, added: “What a creative idea to help boost history in the local area, it’s marvellous our Grand Ideas Fund was able to support this. Well done to all residents who have so far been involved, I can’t wait to hear your stories.”
Health on the Agenda is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary Housing’s Grand Ideas Fund. Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of residents.
Health on the Agenda is a company that promotes health and wellbeing all over Liverpool and the wider North West. The community group proactively uses creative mediums to bring the local neighbourhood together to boost spirits and combat loneliness.
Sanctuary Housing manages over 2,500 properties in the North West across nine local authority areas. Residents who want to know more can visit www.sanctuary-housingnorthwest.co.uk or follow on Twitter @hellosanctuary.