“I liked making the stories. My story was a bit about my life and a bit not…It was one of the only times I wasn’t in trouble” – participant, Community Learning and Support Service
I support people to play and to tell their own stories, often working with people dealing with disadvantage or hard situations. I like to create a context where we can relax and experience the pleasures of messing about and artistic expression. From 2011-2015, I led a programme for teenagers facing various disadvantages, and although I encountered young people dealing with entirely serious issues, I often had this song in my head: Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Most girls (and boys, and people in general) do want to have fun, and I think that this is something an artist can really help with. In my ‘wellbeing-focused’ work, I’m interested in listening, respect, safety policies (like Child Protection), and – laughter and stories and getting outside and making a mess, etc!
“I never used to talk in front of people, and now I do” – participant, young carers group
“So funny…made me happy.” – participant in residential care
“The whole course showed me another way to engage the pupils who are very challenged” – teacher, Hollybrook Secondary School
“I look forward to it, drawing and making up mad stories” – participant, Bridgeton Young Women’s Project
“The story-making was wonderful…The young people have said that it has been important in giving them the opportunity to express themselves in a different way about things that are on their mind.” – member of staff, Community Learning and Support Service