Welcome to our Storytelling Highlights, this where we share what we’ve seen, heard or read about and would like to share from the worlds of charity comms and digital storytelling. An Untold Story update- we were delighted to hear Gemma, Millie and Porscha speak to BBC World Service on Saturday, listen here. Our May e-news is now out, featuring BAFTA news, Fundraising Week and what’s on our radar, read it here and you can subscribe to get it straight to your inbox.
Don’t forget 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 register here– we’re really looking forward to hearing from Harrison’s Fund founder Alex Smith afterwards. There’s also still time to book your place for the Fundraising Week Conference itself bringing together fundraising experts to look at building partnerships, marketing to millennials, social media and more. Get 40% off when you book here and quote FW40.
Now, back to the highlights, put the kettle on, grab a pair of headphones and enjoy.
This week the campaign UK Says No More asked us to come together to campaign for the end to sexual assault and domestic violence, this year’s theme is #TogetherWeCan. We need to raise awareness and challenge the stigma around speaking out to create real change, and ensure victims don’t feel silenced. We were thrilled to hear writer and activist Winnie Li talk about her debut novel #DarkChapter out this June, it is based on her experience of sexual assault and the journey of recovery that follows, we managed to get a copy already!
2. Just Visiting..
This week we were thrilled to publish a second guest blog by Founder of Behind Bras, Barbara Burton. Barbara shared her story in her (first ever) blog ‘Using Lingerie to Support Women from the Prison Gate into Work’ which has had an amazing response, so we were thrilled when she shared her second piece with us ‘Just Visiting’ about her experience returning to the prison where she resided to share her vision of Behind Bras with the women behind bars. Read it here.
3. Three Girls
Three days of Three Girls has been difficult but essential viewing. The BBC retelling of the Rochdale Scandal gives a voice to the victims of child sexual exploitation and highlights the mistakes and wrong-doings of the authorities involved. It has been really well-made with brilliant acting from everyone involved. But most importantly it has raised awareness of the signs of cse, and the importance of listening to victims to prevent abuse continuing. Last year we took a group to see the powerful play Firebird by Phil Davies who worked with the Children’s Society to present a realistic portrayal of cse. Do make the time to catch up Three Girls if you’ve missed it.
4. Young Art Activists
We’re really encouraging charities working with young people to spread the word about this great opportunity from the South Bank Centre. They are looking for a group of young arts activists aged 18 – 25 to take part in the WHY? Young Activists week-long programme this summer which celebrates young people’s voices and their right to influence social change. If you know any young artists, leaders, poets, musicians, performers and campaigners creating work which promotes and impacts social change you can nominate them here.
5. ‘The Day Shazam Forgot’
We love this idea from music-recognition app Shazam, which began to ‘forget’ songs to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. When users tried to identify a song through Shazam it began to find it difficult to remember what the song was, when it eventually did it also shared an ad from Alzheimer’s Research UK. There are currently more than 40,000 people under 65 who are diagnosed with dementia and this idea aimed to raise awareness and funds.
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