We want people with learning and communication difficulties to be heard, understood, included and valued.
Openstorytellers works to enrich the lives of people marginalised because of learning and communication difficulties. We do this through the telling and sharing of stories, using a collaborative approach based on fifteen years of research and practice.
Why we’re different
Openstorytellers provide vital opportunities to people with learning disabilities they cannot access anywhere else. People with learning disabilities can live very isolated lives, and it can be difficult to find work and or get involved in community activities.
Our innovative courses, workshops, activities and performances help hundreds of people every year. For them, stories provide a way of improving their:
- Communication skills. Hearing stories from others and sharing personal experiences helps reduce feelings of isolation.
- Relationships. Learning how to listen and empathise with others helps develop relationships and friendships.
- Confidence. Shared storytelling helps develop confidence, empowerment and problem-solving skills.
- Independence. Learning transferable skills increases opportunities for work and getting involved in the community.
Openstorytellers was set up in 2004 by speech and language therapist Dr Nicola Grove, who discovered that sharing stories can help build relationships and challenge social exclusion.
Originally supported by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), Openstorytellers became a charity in its own right in 2009.
Since then, we’ve gone from strength to strength, winning several awards for our work, and demand for our services continues to grow.
Annual Report 2015
Please click here to download the Annual Report 2015 (pdf).