Welcome to OpenStoryTellers
We are a community group open to everyone who has a story to share. We use both personal and traditional stories to develop social inclusion. Our mission is to enrich the lives of people with learning and communication difficulties, and those who live and work with them, through the use of narrative and story; building relationships, sharing experiences, developing a sense of identity and helping people find their place in society.
We are a limited company, registered charity and social enterprise. We are managed by a board of trustees and run with learning disabled staff and trustees.
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Taffy Thomas becomes our new patronFebruary 2013
Openstorytellers are proud to announce that world famous storyteller, Taffy Thomas MBE has become a patron of our charity.
Disabled people take their messages direct to the Houses of Parliament with an art exhibition.February 2012
An exhibition of painted murals created with disabled people living in London, Norwich, Bristol, Manchester and Somerset is being taken direct to the Houses of Parliament from 11th-15th February.
Our storyteller Robin will be representing Openstorytellers at this prestigious exhibition and will be able to express the frustrations, concerns but also hopes and dreams of learning disabled peope living in Somerset. Well done Robin!
Telling Our Story: Openstorytellers celebrates £7,100 Heritage Lottery Fund grantJanuary 2013
Openstorytellers is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) All Our Stories grant. This exciting project ‘Old Friends Meet Up’ will allow people to share their memories of growing up in two local long stay institutions, Selwood Hospital in Frome and Norah Fry Hospital in Shepton Mallet.
Nicola's New Book is Out NowNovember 2012
Using Storytelling to Support Children and Adults with Special Needs: Transforming Lives Through Telling Tales, edited by our chair of trustees and founder, Nicola Grove is due for release this month.
This innovative and wide-ranging book shows how storytelling can open new worlds for learners with or without special educational needs. With sections that outline both therapeutic and educational approaches, the leading practitioners who contribute to this practical resource draw on their extensive experience, and distil their own approaches for the reader to use as inspiration for their own lessons.
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