Introduction and Welcome


Here at PAMIS we are passionate about storytelling and there are lots of exciting story projects happening.  This blog has been created to help keep you all updated on all things story related at PAMIS.  The benefits of storytelling are well known and at PAMIS we explore personal stories, stories from the oral storytelling tradition, sensitive stories and many more.  Stories are a fun way to learn so whether you want to explore personal narrative or play around with folktales, fairy tales or myths and legends, multi –sensory stories are a wonderful and fun way to engage with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Here you will be able to follow our journey as we explore, develop and design stories that will capture your imagination, engage your creative spirit and ignite your curiosity.

Hope you enjoy the PAMIS story journey!

Stories around the fire

Monday 23rd January
10.30am to 2.30pm

PAMIS is a registered charity and the only organisation in Scotland that works solely to support people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their family carers for a more inclusive life.

Here at PAMIS we are passionate about storytelling and there are lots of exciting story projects happening. The benefits of storytelling are well known and at PAMIS we explore personal stories, stories from the oral storytelling tradition, sensitive stories and many more. Stories are a fun way to learn so whether you want to explore personal narrative or play around with folktales, fairy tales or myths and legends, multi–sensory stories are a wonderful and fun way to engage with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

On Monday 23rd January, we are taking part in the Fire Starter Festival, a week-long festival of collaborative learning events. Come along and sit around our virtual camp fire and explore, develop and design stories that will capture your imagination, engage your creative spirit and ignite your curiosity.

We will focus particularly on how you can take this forward in educational establishments and support the inclusion of some of society’s most excluded people.

Lunch will be provided. Camp coffee and toasted marshmallows are optional 😉

Drama Room, Dalhousie Building
University of Dundee
Hunter Street
Dundee, DD1 5EN

“When a story is told it is not forgotten. It becomes something else. The memory of who we were, the hope of what we can become.”


Facilitators Needed!

Tayberry Tales are looking for facilitators to work alongside people with learning disabilities who are taking part on the Accredited Sensory Storytelling Apprenticeship Scheme.  Facilitators work alongside the apprentice storyteller giving them support and getting to know them not only when they are on their course but on completion when they go out in the community to tell their stories. Please contact PAMIS if you are interested.apprenticeship-scheme-1

































A story from the Staff at Lilybank Resource Centre, Forfar

The World Tae Me!!! by Fiona

I’d like to read this story, it’s all to do with me.
It tells you all about my job, and what it means to me.


img_1738_fotorWith cloot in hand, and pinny on, am ready to begin
To give the place a good auld dicht ̵ ’til it’s shining like a pin.

Then on the bus I do jump, ready to collect.
It’s a brand new day beginning, lets mak sure abody’s needs are met ―

Coz fae swimming tae the baking, and gardening, and aw that art ―
There’s something that’s even closer, and it comes straight fae my heart!


img_1739_fotorThere’s nothing like a guid auld story tae express just how we feel,
To see abody’s smiley faces, maks athing just so real.

The confidence has grown in each and every one, and abody
Likes to tak their turn and join in aw the fun.Our stories are very creative and the props we all decide,
But nothing taks awa the friendship, coz that is here to bide.

Stories can be therapeutic and mak us feel good inside, and
Coz we like to tell them, it fills us with great pride.

They often mak us hae a greet, and bring tears of happiness too ―
And sometimes we can just be so damn silly – ye dinnae hae a clue!!


But for me, my confidence has grown ―
And satisfaction beyond compare.If it wasnae for all you service users
And aw the things we share.So for each and every one of you who frequent Lilybankimg_1740_fotor
I canne say much mair than “Av got you to thank”

So storytelling for me is a passion, you’ll quite agree!
I get so much tae it… and it means

“The World Tae Me!!!”


“When a story is told it is not forgotten.  It becomes something else.  The memory of who we were, the hope of what we can become.”

Angus apprentices

Last week saw the Angus multi-sensory story apprentices begin their five week course and they are a talented group who are diverse and amazing in their talents. They are coming to Dundee every week and are enjoying their time at the university.

Week two saw them exploring landscape and Anne took them through some fun  exercises that brought the landscapes they created to life.  Ebbi and Graeme from Dundee storytellers joined us for the training session.

Will keep you  up to date with their

Storytelling Festival

Well that’s the end of the storytelling festival and what a great festival it was with our community of storytellers. They were  demonstrating their multi sensory storytelling skills and last Friday saw them present  a multi sensory story workshop, and receive their certificates for completion of their five week introduction to storytelling. They now begin their placements for their two year apprenticeship.








The Maiden who rose from the Waves

Claire and Anna Marie from Finland were telling their beautiful tale in a stunning performance that created magic and the blending of the Finnish and English language. They  wove a memorable story that held the audience spellbound . Claire and Anna Marie have told the story before in Finland but this was their first telling in Scotland. They told it in Perthshire, Edinburgh and Dundee.the-maiden-who-rose-from-the-waves the-maiden-who-rose-from-the-waves1








Great to be a part of the Storytelling festival and looking forward to the coming months and seeing how Tayberry Tales develops.


The Story of the Tayberry Tales Symbol

stoneI was asked to design a logo, or symbol,  for the Tayberry Storytelling Project. I am a professional Storyteller and have recently been developing a Sensory Story Box in memory of Loretto Lambe who set up PAMIS and for whom Storytelling and stories were at the heart of her charity for people with PMLD. Already Tayberry had developed a creative partnership with PAMIS, developing the skills of sensory storytelling with three Tayberry apprentice storytellers, and was moving onto the next phase of it’s development.

So we began by thinking what the Logo needed to carry within it as a symbol of this unique Storytelling Project. The heart of it should be about the journey that all involved would take, using Stories and Storytelling as a means of exploring humans connection and as a tool in expressing their uniqueness.  Also we hoped the symbol would inspire people as they developed skills to become a Sensory Storyteller.

“Stories give life to the project…where the voice of the Storyteller through song, story, music can be heard…..where people are given the opportunity to explore the extraordinary, the magical and connect with one another….. ” Lorna Strachan.

In essence Tayberry Tales is about gathering communities; finding your own unique voice and sharing it; and connecting to a rich Scottish Oral tradition that connects us to the past, present and future generations. It’s also about creativity, nurturing, love, happiness and celebrating life.

Through it Scotland’s rich mythological and legendary landscape can be explored..digging into the past to find tales and songs that were shared around the fire when the darkness of winter fell for whoever cared to have an ear to listen.

The logo
I felt must also connect to life’s cycle, seasons, the physical landscape, earth, sun, moon and stars. The ancient Tree of Life symbol, it’s roots in the earth and branches reaching skywards, is a very important and potent symbol for me, so I began to search for images that might inspire my own symbol creation.  To the Picts of course I looked and the Celtic symbolism of our ancestors who carved story symbols into their stones….

groam-houseSo with all this in mind I searched for a symbol stone that said all the above…and came across one in Groam house on the Black Isle. There was the Tree of Life but I also saw a human reaching upto the sky celebrating and with arms outstretched sharing…a Sound….a Story..a Song…this gift of life. The symbol also for me represented something that was rooted, strong, and had great potential. And as I began to draw I thought of my own journey as a Storyteller, a Singer, a Creator and Spinner of Yarns and wove this story into the ancient carved symbol.

tayberryI was reminded also of this saying : ” Thought has a shape, shape has a sound, sound has a word and word has power” and also from our Scottish Travellers Tradition that “.… a story is shared eye to eye, mind to mind, and heart to heart.” That’s where the spiral became an important part of the design-  a powerful Celtic symbol that represents the going within and the journey out wards. So I felt as I breathed life into this symbol that a spiral should represent the journey the Storyteller has taking the story into their heart, and how that story is given life through the voice from the heart within. I also used the symbol of the triple spiral which represents growth, transition and renewal of life and the magic of the number three!








The journey so far took me to weaving a story gifted to me by a fellow Storyteller into my creation. It’s called ‘Truth and Story’ and shares the tale of why Story? Here is the Story:

Long long ago, before your Mother was born, before your Great great Grandfather was born, in a little town near you, it was Spring. The sun had come back and at the Market there was a great gathering of men, women chatting, children playing after the long hard winter, when suddenly from the direction of the water a man came. A tall man with hair that fell like fresh spring leaves over his shoulders, skin slightly green coloured, his eyes shining with light …. BUT …. He was completely naked! Everyone ran for cover into their homes screaming, putting hands over their children’s eyes “Don’t look at him. He’s a rude naked man.”And the young man stood there in the deserted market Square, his head hanging down, and walked alone towards the deep ancient endless forest.

Some weeks later, again it was a holiday and the warming sun shone down on the Market Square.  Again people were out talking, walking, playing, but now, from the direction of the water walked a woman. She was dressed in a wonderful cloak – and it was woven with the colours of night and day, sun and moon, fire and rushing water and turning planets.The market place fell silent and they drew to her, sat at her feet, listened to her stories .. every word. And when she came to go they clutched at her crying “Please don’t go!”.

But she shook them loose and as she left it was as if a great deep sigh rose from the Market place. And she walked into the deep ancient endless forest and there the naked green man was waiting for her and there were tears in his eyes.

“Tell me ” he said “ Why is it they listen to you…hang on every word..and ME .. well they wont even look at me!”

“Well” she said “My name is Story. Wherever I go people listen to me. Sometimes I talk a load of nonsense, 10 miles high and still they listen! Whats your name?”

“My name is Truth…”

And the woman laughed, and taking off her generous cloak ripped it in two halves and said “ My friend from now on you will go covered in Story, and you will see people will listen to you, for you know, no one wants to see the naked truth!”

But to make this a symbol that could be reproduced meant I had to simplify more and more from my initial creations, weaving into that the spirit of all that had been woven in so far!

And herTayberry Tales Logoe is the last drawing and the symbol I created that I feel truly represents all that Tayberry Tales and Storytelling is about….and of course the colour has to be the colour of Tay Berries from trees that have their roots in the earth, their branches reaching skywards and provide all with nourishing food. This journey seeking a Logo for Tayberry Tales was one that in it’s creation was deeply connected to my own journey as a Storyteller. The symbol that emerged is one that I hope expresses the integrity and authenticity of this project. I hope it serves the project well and will be carried by all as a symbol of inspiration for all involved.

Claire Hewitt

Balwearie High School

Maureen had a great time recently telling stories at the busy health and wellbeing fair at Balwearie High School, Kirkcaldy.


Storytelling Events

Join us on Friday 28th October to find out more about multi-sensory storytelling and to hear some traditional stories which have been adapted for people with PMLD.


There will also be live storytelling from Finnish Rune singer/storyteller Anna-Maria Toivonen and Highland Perthshire based storyteller Claire Hewitt.


Completion of course!

The first Tayberry multi- sensory storytelling apprentices have undertaken and very successfully completed their introductory course and are now practicing the skills they learned in preparation for their placements after the October holidays.


Well done to all who successfully completed the course and wishing them good luck in their placements over the coming year. Certificates will be awarded on October the 28th at a special event where the storytellers will demonstrate their skills.

Come along to the drama room, Dalhousie building, University of Dundee, 12.00-14.00 and have a light lunch and learnt a bit about multi-sensory storytelling and hear the Tayberry storytellers tell some tales.