Read the Storysharing for All team’s blog here
‘Storysharing® for All’ – a big step forward for Storysharing®.
Openstorytellers would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, who yet again have generously funded our groundbreaking Storysharing® work with young people aged 11-18.
Our new project is called ‘Storysharing for All’ and runs until 2018.
We’ll be building on everything we have learned from the successful ‘Storysharing in Schools’ project (2011-14), which was hosted by Three Ways School in Bath. Three Ways has a significant number of staff trained in Storysharing® to level one, and have embedded our methods in their PMLD curriculum. They acknowledge that Openstorytellers ‘played a big part in our recent ‘outstanding’ Ofsted grading’.
We have shown that Storysharing® improves the communication skills of young people with complex needs.
We know that the need for these young people to be able to value their own stories and be heard is more relevant than ever, as young people are required to make a significant contribution to their transition processes and education and health care plans.
Storysharing® enables students to develop a firm foundation in narrative. If we can tell others what happened to us, and how those experiences have shaped us, we have a better chance of them understanding our position, respecting our wishes and knowing how to support us in the future.
In our last report to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, we said that we’d seen that Storysharing® enables community participation for young people with complex needs and profound disabilities. It builds emotional literacy and consequently is a great tool for independence, choice and control.
In our Storysharing® for All project, we’ll work with young people in and out of schools. We see that Storysharing® offers a highly practical and successful way of connecting with communities.
Because the programme teaches active listening as well as active telling, individuals develop the skill of really attending to and responding to others in a conversation. The focus is on ensuring that people have interesting experiences that are shared and held in common, so there is a lot to reminisce about, joke, commiserate, exclaim and look forward to.
The project will enable our charity to grow and develop, too. We’re recruiting a new team of Storysharing® leaders who will run interventions in schools and train teaching staff to level one and level two of our certification programme. We will be working regionally (in the South West) and nationally too.
If you would like to know more, enquire about our training programme, or become involved, please contact the Storysharing® team through firstname.lastname@example.org.