Autism TMI, Project 84, Social Housing and more in our Storytelling Highlights

As the Easter bank holiday approaches everyone is looking forward to a few days rest we’re sure, and it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on some powerful examples of storytelling. With that in mind we’ve put aside some time to gather our picks of all of the interesting and exciting new happenings in the […]

As the Easter bank holiday approaches everyone is looking forward to a few days rest we’re sure, and it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up on some powerful examples of storytelling. With that in mind we’ve put aside some time to gather our picks of all of the interesting and exciting new happenings in the worlds of storytelling and charity communications. So this Easter grab a cup of tea, and enjoy this week’s storytelling highlights.

1.Little Village
This week marked our final storytelling workshop with the brilliant women of Little Village. Little Village is a London-based charity that provides good quality baby clothes and equipment, donated by local families, to local families who need this kit. They also provide key support to the mothers and families. The workshops funded by the Big Lottery Fund, built the women’s confidence and skills to share their experiences. What came through from all of the workshops is that despite the different issues the women have faced, the stories they wanted to share were of strength and resilience. It’s been a honour to work with the women and we look forward to sharing their stories with you.

2.Project 84
You may have seen these powerful sculptures in the news this week, Project 84 from charity CALM has seen 84 sculptures constructed on top of the ITV buildings to represent the 84 men a week that commit suicide. The imagery has had a huge impact on bringing to light an issue that so often goes unspoken about. This week many have shared their experiences losing loved ones to raise awareness of this issue. This is storytelling with impact.

3.Social Housing Social Cleansing
Broadcast on Channel 5 on Wednesday, Social Housing Social Cleansing from Velvet Productions put a spotlight on the demolition and regeneration of council homes and shared the testimonies of the individuals and communities that are fighting to save their homes. The firsthand experiences shared brought to light the stigma that is attached to council houses in the media, but how in reality the people living in social housing exists thriving communities, and are proud to live in their homes. Benefit to Society from Soha Housing is a campaign that aims to challenge this stigma by sharing positive stories of social housing tenants. We were honoured to work with Soha Housing, and share the story of their tenant Claire Hughes. Read Claire’s blog here.

4.Woman’s Hour
Last week writer Helen Walmsley-Johnson spoke to women’s hour about her experiences of domestic abuse and specifically coercive control. There was such a huge reaction that they dedicated Tuesday’s programme to sharing experiences and insights around this form of abuse. It highlighted the varying experiences of coercive control and the common misconceptions around the women who subjected to this type of abuse. It remains an under-reported and under-prosecuted form of abuse, so it’s brilliant to see it being put in the media spotlight here. Our Being the Story speaker Mandy Thomas has used her experiences to campaign against domestic abuse, including informing the high-profile Archers storyline. Watch her talk here.

5.Autism TMI
It’s Autism Awareness Week and to mark this the National Autistic Society launched their new campaign film for #AutisimTMI sharing every-day experiences of someone with autism. It’s been heralded for its accurate representation and for putting a spotlight on the challenges faced by some individuals with autism that many aren’t aware of. It’s been incredible to see the response to the campaign online, of some people with autism that relate to the experiences highlighted and also the awareness of the wider public. The campaign was launched alongside advice on what people can do to support someone with autism.

This is what some autistic people face every day. #AutismTMI pic.twitter.com/RPC9Gm94MT

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Jude and Helena the sounddelivery team @sounddelivery

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