Why Storytelling is Important
Stories are important. They nourish our imagination, fill our dreams, entertain and inspire us. We use stories every day of our lives – every time we see friends, visit the doctor, return something we have bought, explain key facts to employers, teachers, social workers and ticket collectors. Stories are the way we make sense of what has happened and so they are critical to our sense of who we are. Our identities consist in the stories we tell ourselves and others.
People with learning disabilities may find it hard to tell and recall stories:
- because of difficulties in learning and communication
- because people do not listen
- because people do not share story experiences with them
- because some stories are too painful to tell
Openstorytellers seeks to remove these barriers and give people the skills to share all sorts of stories: myths, legends, folktales and personal experiences, so they can be heard, understood and have choices in life.
We offer a broad range of day services to deliver activities and skills-based training to offer an alternative to traditional activities and services.
Whether your main aim is to meet new people in your local community, learn new skills in a professional environment or tell stories with friends, we’re bound to have something for you. We have four available services which you can read more about on our Day Services page:
Other Activities & Events
Friends Meet Up
Friends Meet Up provides a friendly, relaxed and fun environment where young people with learning disabilities can meet and have fun together. Sessions focus on making music, songs, films, crafts and all things creative!
Relaxed Cinema Club
Our Relaxed Cinema Club is a great opportunity for film fans who have learning disabilities and autism to get together and watch a film of their choosing. This runs once a month on a Wednesday evening.
Sensory Book Club
Some people can’t read classic works of literature, because of their disability so our Sensory Book Clubs make stories more accessible for all by combining sights, sounds, smells, textures with the beauty of the original text to bring the books to life.
Our Storysharing Circle is a relaxed group where people with learning disabilities and autism get together to share stories from their lives over a cup of tea. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
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://www.somersetchoices.org.uk/families/cat/vendor/1175