HIYA's Final Memory Newsletter - Issue 6

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Capturing our communities memories


HIYA's Memory Newsletter
The Final Edition

Teen Talk's Youth Forum, Harwich Inspired Youth Action (HIYA) have been working with members of the Harwich Community to gather information about their childhood memories and to see how being a teenager has changed over the years. 

This final edition features an overview of the five previous newsletters and summary of what the young people involved concluded about the memory project and what they believe the future holds for them.

The idea of this project was to interview people in the local community to gain an insight on their teenage years and to see and compare how things have changed. Through these interviews we have covered a range of topics including pressures at school, advancements in technology, the changes within Harwich town and the different challenges young people are now faced with.

If you would like to look back over the previous five memory newsletters please follow the links below:

Issue 1 -
Issue 2 -  
Issue 3 -
Issue 4 -
Issue 5 -
We feel that we have achieved a better understanding of some of the changes over the years and during our recent HIYA meeting support workers Sophia Ioannou and Adrian Davis started a discussion focused around the newsletters and what we believe have led to these changes.

The Biggest Change
Many members feel that the biggest change is the development of the technology we use. The group all felt that things have shrunk and got smaller in size over the years where as in previous years items were less commercialised and mass produced for a better quality product with less reliance on online instant shopping and delivery services. We all believe that transport and communication is much easier, we have mobile access almost 24/7 and have constant contact with our social media connections with the chance to instant message at our finger tips as well as self service tills and no touch credit cards. The development of social media and technology can be seen as both a positive and negative depending on how and what it is being used for.

What does the future hold?
HIYA have concluded that in 30 years time social media and communication will develop a lot further and very dramatically to the point where we will be using holograms and robots in our day to day lives.
What HIYA Say
HIYA would like to thank all of those who took part in the project. The group commented 'We all really enjoyed visiting the care home and getting to know the residents. It really made us feel inspired and for that short time we felt we was living the memories with them' 
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