Welcome to this week’s Storytelling Highlights, sharing what we’ve seen, heard or read about and would like to share from the worlds of charity and digital storytelling. It has been a tragic week in London and unpredictable and tense time in British politics. Our favourite image to keep us in check was the wonderful policeman dancing at the OneLoveManchester which, of course, went viral and the election result today has shown us the impact of a powerful campaign. But we realise that we have to keep doing what we’re doing, keep supporting people to tell their stories and championing issue that need to be told. With that in mind we’ve just started working with a charity in Woking working with people with experience of homelessness. Hearing the story of 22 year old Lincoln sleeping in a garage put everything in to perspective- more on this later.
Here are some other things that have been on our radar that we’d like to share.
1. What Do We Do Now?
We received this thoughtful email in our inbox this week from CharityComms following the London Attacks on Saturday. Awful events like this seem to move people to action, with numerous amazing acts of kindness being shared. CharityComms compiled a list of just some of the ways we can get involved with organisations on the front lines, supporting citizens and communities. We were inspired by #ChrissySentMe a movement created in honour of one of the victims, whose family urged people to volunteer and donate to shelters in her memory. We set up an amazon wishlist to gift items to the York Road Project a charity in Woking supporting homeless individuals that we’re working with. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response.
2. Why I’m Speaking Out About Child Sexual Abuse
This week we published this powerful guest vlog from Siobhan Pyburn. We met Siobhan earlier in the year at the Social Media Exchange supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. In her vlog she shares her experiences of telling her story of child sexual abuse, and how this has motivated her to set-up the Beam Project to support those who have endured child sexual abuse. She wants to encourage more people to speak up the issue and to find ways of making the system better for vulnerable children. Siobhan’s campaigning began at Fixers and it’s been great to follow her journey.
3. Giles Duley: The Camp
We wanted to share this lovely interview with Being the Story speaker, photographer Giles Duley from Sunday’s Observer. Sharing his experiences documenting the refugee crisis for the UNHCR and capturing the strong character of different individuals affected as he said “if you have a million people crossing into Europe you have a million different stories”. Also released this week, a powerful video of his photographs accompanying a song ‘The Camp’ performed by PJ Harvey and Egyptian musician Ramy Essam dedicated to displaced children in Lebanon, you can watch it here. His Being the Story talk can be found here.
4. Welcome to York Road Project
This week we were thrilled to begin a series of storytelling workshops with the homeless people of Woking supporting by charity York Road Project. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the workshops will explore different ways the participants can share their stories and experiences of homelessness an issue where firsthand stories are rarely heard. Our first session was on photography and you can see some of their stories on Instagram here, below is Lincoln’s words and image he took himself of the garage he used to sleep in -it’s a powerful story to share. Do follow the project on Twitter on #WeAreYRP.
5. Rehab: Lives Addicted
Rehab on BBC3 is a new documentary from the filmmaker Philip Wood who made the incredibly personal documentary Chasing Dad: A lifelong addiction in which he filmed his own father battling addiction, showing the impact on their relationship. Rehab takes us behind the scenes of Broadway Lodge a rehabilitation centre in Somerset and shows the support that’s needed during people’s journeys to beating their addiction. We’re huge fans of Philip’s work and encourage you to see his latest documentary.
Do keep us updated with what you think I should be finding out more about.
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Jude and Helena the sounddelivery team