Opportunities at Openstorytellers
We offer day activities, courses and workshops for people with learning disabilities and autism. Our groups help people to build confidence, enhance their communication, meet new friends, learn new skills and increase their general wellbeing. Our opportunities span the following areas:
The Openstorytellers Storytelling Company (day activity)
The Openstorytellers are an award winning storytelling company, that is managed as an arts enterprise by the members themselves. They perform at theatres, festivals and community spaces throughout the year, telling stories that are important to them and challenge perceptions of disability and promote equality. There are many roles within the storytelling company from performing, to working behind the scenes in marketing, promotion, research and prop making.
Work Skills and Employment Support (day activity)
The Work Skills group enables people to learn and practice a diverse range of transferable work skills. The group have created and manage their own mini enterprise, developing and producing creative products for sale as well as undertaking commissions to produce Easy Read documents.
We also offer bespoke, 1:1 support for individuals to develop and manage their own micro-enterprises.
As well as supporting our members to seek out employment externally, we also endeavour to create employment opportunities for our members on projects and events within Openstorytellers.
Advocacy and Speak Up
Our Storysharing approach enables people to share personal stories about their lives, helping people to create connections, build relationships and have their voices heard. We co-facilitate Storysharing circles and an ‘Our Voice’ peer support network with our members. We support people to speak up about issues that are important to them, and to campaign for change.
We offer various opportunities for building and maintaining friendships. These include our Friends Meet Up (FMU) group – a creative session exploring music and film making; trips to the cinema; in-house film nights and drama clubs. We have sensory storytelling for people with profound learning disabilities. Additionally, we offer various creative projects for young people in the school holidays.
Short Courses and Workshops
We run a number of short term courses for people aged 15+ and adults with learning disabilities and autism. Our courses help people to develop essential independent living skills. These include How 2B Friends – our unique friendship course, money management, wellbeing and introduction to work skills.
Openstorytellers’ day activities are paid for by personal budgets, direct payments or through self-funding. We offer both full and half day options.
Our friendship groups and holiday projects are pay as you go and generally cost from £4 – £8 a session.
The Our Voices group is free of charge.
Artbox Frome is a creative arts project supporting people with learning disabilities that meets weekly at Openstorytellers https://www.artboxfrome.org/
Pod Plus is a leisure group for young people with learning disabilities, also meeting weekly at Openstorytellers https://thepodcharity.org.uk/