Welcome to our Storytelling Highlights, this where we share what we’ve seen, heard or read about and would like to share with you from the worlds of charity communications and digital storytelling. As a little update, we were delighted to see Untold Story Hull’s Woman’s Hour interview featured in Sunday’s Observer, take a look here. Back to the highlights, put the kettle on, grab a pair of headphones and enjoy.
This week has been #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek or #MHAW17 lead by our friends at the Mental Health Foundation, a week to raise awareness, share firsthand stories and create change around mental health. Sarah Chapman a Trustee of Wandsworth food bank wrote this discerning piece for the guardian on the relationship between those experience poverty, troubles caused by the changing benefit system and mental ill-health. Johny Haycocks attended SMEX17 with the Lifeline Project supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and he shared his story in this powerful blog on his experiences of recovery, mental ill-health and the impact poverty had on this. It’s so important to share these stories so that these issues can be addressed.
We absolutely loved this idea from The Evening Standard and Skoda, creating an Alternative Rich List to celebrate those doing brilliant things in their lives and communities. The list recognises those rich in experience, spirit and life in five categories recognising creativity, courage, compassion, wisdom and perseverance. We were thrilled to see #SMEX14 keynote and Being the Story speaker Giles Duley on the list as well as #SMEX17 keynote Lemn Sissay, see the full list here.
3. The Untold Series
Last week saw the return of Radio 4’s Untold series- hurray! Untold shares authentic stories that are not normally heard on a diverse range of topics, narrated by Grace Dent. This new series kicked off with Doctor Doctor a compelling programme on Duncan and Sian, a doctor husband and wife team who are fighting to save their surgery from closure and the challenges of being an over-stretch doctor.
4. Samaritans – A Case Study
The charity sector can be great at sharing best practice around campaigning and the Samaritans #WeListen campaign was a brilliant one. Here MullenLowe London, the agency involved shared the background to the campaign, insights into creating and implementing it and the creative choices behind the powerful photographs.
5. New Tech for Good
Our friends social tech funder Nominet Trust have announced their eight new tech for good ventures which are set to receive a total of £388,000 to help develop their social tech. The list features Bounce Works – Apart of Me, an interactive game providing support for children when someone they love is diagnosed with a terminal illness and Vision Technologies – GiveVision: software for smart glasses that act as ‘eyes’ for people with sight loss. Find out more about all of the exciting projects here.
There’s still time to register for the free charity screening of Harrison’s Fund’s My Iron Man Dad at Third Sector’s Fundraising Week. Watch the trailer and find out more here. Hope to see you there! Only 11 days left to book your place for the Fundraising Week conference, don’t miss out.
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Jude and Helena the sounddelivery team