NHS at 70: The Story of our Lives is a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project at the University of Manchester marking the 70th anniversary of the NHS through capturing people’s stories for their new digital archive. The project looks at people’s experience of the NHS throughout the last 7 decades.
As part of this project, The Institute of Community Reporters (People’s Voice Media and Gorsehill Studios) trained young people aged 13 – 21 in Trafford and Bridgend as Silver Community Reporters and tasked them with gathering stories around the topic of the NHS. The stories they collected covered topics such as accessing NHS services, support with lifelong health conditions, stories about working for the NHS, stories about people’s family members and their experience of the NHS, and stories about finding other health support outside of the NHS. The stories were edited into short films and used in a pop-up exhibition to promote the project.