“Telling my story, and listening to other people’s stories, makes me feel happy and gives me a sparkle. Stories teach us things and help us with everyday life”
Katie, Story Skills Group Member
- Be part of a Storytelling company, perform at local events and festivals
- Build up your self-confidence and improve your communication skills
- Work as part of a team
- Research stories and talk about what they mean
- Choose stories that change the way people with a disability are seen
- Get creative, help make props and artwork
Our Story Skills group is suitable for people who enjoy working in a team, can engage with an activity for up to 20 minutes at a time,use speech, signs or communication aids at the level of short phrases and enjoy performing.
The Story Skills Group runs in Wells on a Monday.
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.