Our Vision & Mission
At Beyond Words, our vision is to develop communities where the life stories of older persons are known, affirmed, valued and celebrated. We do this by supporting volunteer biographers who enable older persons in aged care to tell, write and publish their life story or personal tributes.
Our openness to diversity allows us to celebrate and affirm the varied and unique life stories that make up our shared experience.
We strive to have the compassion to be kind to ourselves so that we are able to give fully to our work. We support people who want to help others. We listen with our hearts, as well as our ears.
We strive for excellence in the work we do in supporting each other.
We strive for stories that capture the essence of our clients’ personhood– created through authentic relationships between biographers and clients.
We believe the most valuable gift we can give each other is our time and presence, especially during times of great personal change such as admission to an Aged Care Home.
We strive to be a program that is inclusive and accommodating of our client’s individual situation.
We work with individuals and organisations in collaborative partnership. We are privileged to form unique partnerships with our clients.
Our Name & Logo
The value and impact of our work extends beyond words.
While the published biographies we co-create with our clients are a permanent legacy of a life lived, these biographies are a by-product of a more valuable therapeutic process of story-telling, enabled by empathetic listening. While there is often detail shared that is not included in the final published biographies, it is the process of personal reflection and talking about ones’ life that is most valuable. Beyond Words recognizes this value, and the positive impact that extends beyond the life of the author.
The brace, or curly bracket logo, not only signifies the outline of an open book turned on its side, but is used in poetry and music to mark joined lines, or to signify movement in a particular direction. Our logo typeface is classic typewriter to evoke times past and is textured to symbolize the many hues and imperfections that make a person’s life unique.