20th & 21st June
Storytelling is one of our oldest art forms. It stimulates the imagination and builds a sense of community between tellers and listeners. It can be motivational, exploratory and empowering. This certainly was the case in the therapeutic storytelling workshop for family carers on Monday and Tuesday. The therapeutic storytelling workshop offered a space for families to share their stories in a safe environment that allowed them time for themselves and time to explore themselves as individuals as well as carers. It offered the opportunity and the time to explore their own stories and share those with others. Dr Michael Williams facilitated an inspiring and motivational two days. The workshop demonstrated the power of stories to connect, inform, educate and inspire change. This was evident in the sharing of the stories during the workshop and the work the families plan to do following the workshop will ensure their learning is put into practice. Therapeutic storytelling was described by the carers as liberating, inspiring, exhilarating and enlightening. It was an emotional but wonderful two days. .
Michael was also kind enough to spend an additional day training staff and volunteers, again it was very successful and everyone learnt a lot.
Watch out for the next post as we hope to host a therapeutic storytelling workshop for the men in the lives of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities soon