Photo: Joanna Kosinska
“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, relax, (sometimes) meet others and (sometimes) tell their own stories. I use ritual, games, celebrations, stories and food, and love creating situations where people can take time off from the stresses of life.
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 Cyndi Lauper’s song Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIb6AZdTr-A!) in my head. Most girls, and boys, and people in general, do want to have fun, no matter what’s going on in the rest of their lives, and I think that this is something an artist can really help with.
“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