Notes from the Community Reporter event on stories

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Notes from roundup

There was a video from Tony McKenzie and he was explaining some steps on how to tell a story

Step 1:  Is now the right time to tell a story, are you in the right place emotionally to tell it?

We want to be able to tell stories that aren’t traumatising

Step 2:  Be prepared when telling story: bullet points, make it easy for you to read

Step 3:  How are you going to be supported afterwards?  Cup of tea and a slice of cake, walk.  All these things need to be considered before telling a story

Be considerate of the persons family, how and where it’s going to be posted

Then they showed us the workshop representatives 

David, Kath, Laura, Baljeet,  Isaac, Hameed, Adele and Chris 

Laura facilitated with Baljeet on the workshop called Our Lived Experience:  Telling our stories where does the power lie

Hameed facilitated a workshop called:  The lived experience of Mental Health during the Covid 19 pandemic – positive and negative mental health

Adele facilitated the story of the storyteller workshop

Chris facilitated the workshop safety in storytelling with 16 people who were brainstorming

Isaac facilitated the workshop called the impact of storytelling about closed culture

Kath was part of 2 workshops called:  The future of good lived experiences and a call to action to campaign for lived experiences

David was part of co-production called chitchat:

Challenging, human, inclusiveness and being transparent

First to discuss feedback from their session was Adele, but I couldn’t understand her

Then there was a video about the workshop which was powerful as it was about black people and their stories, one in particular was about a 96 year old man who wanted his story to continue to be told. One of the other people said it was collaborative and hard to hold the tears back

Next to discuss their feedback was David

He was on the co-production collective about chat

His session was unstructured and let the people from his session just talk

Next to talk was Hameed

His workshop was about the lived experience of mental health during the covid pandemic, he had 6-7 people

They had to choose a part of their story during the lockdown and tell their story about it whether it be walking, keeping in touch with people on Zoom,  how students, mothers, Young people, people who go to work had been affected.  One of them said “I hope this is just the start” and hoped for some follow-up sessions

Everyone contributed which he was happy with, due to there being a small number of attendees

Chris was next to discuss and he’s been out in the real world, and his group reflected together

Safe spaces, barriers to overcome

Imaginative space to participate in arts and culture

They then played a couple of poems by a couple of people who attended his session, which were powerful poems

Next to discuss was Isaac

His session was about closed culture

Support, live and breathe poor care and they’ve experienced poor care, they’ve had rights removed

They wanted to make sure the next people who came along will have less chance of being involved in closed culture

If it’s difficult for people to speak, its trauma and their stories are traumatic

It’s about giving people a platform

Baljeet and Laura session was about Our Lived Experience:  Telling our stories where does the power lie and how urgent it is to get stories across and how they do that.


It alternated between the personal and the political all the time

Some of the people in the session have changed the system and liberated themselves and others

The whole group gave them feedback on a video

The film was about everyone on the group sharing some feedback, and it’s about giving way and sharing power

Kath was the last one to summarise her sessions:

What does good lived experience storytelling look like?

Call of action for a campaign

They split it into four rooms and they discussed:

What the campaign would look like? Ideas of stories around the campfire, short films from different people, different languages, accessibility

Specific campaign – what it would be about?  Getting stories out there which have been harrowing, but also positive ones too

Truth to power – how we cans change the system, how we get to the people we need to listen to these stories e.g heads of councils

Spreading the values of lived experiences, shifting the power change

 Then they ended with a final video of a short story from Sandra who talked about the importance of stories in times of change

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