Storytelling activity at Pamis has been zipping along at a great pace over the last few weeks. Claire and Maureen have been busy worming on the final stages of the resource being developed in memory of Loretto. Claire is busy putting the final touches to her beautiful paintings for our book, she has been meeting with Genie to plan the layout of the book. The creel has been woven and the boxes planned. We had our final story sharing at Corbenic where we invited Tayberry apprentices along to hear the the final story in the three stories we have chosen for the memory resource.
It was a beautiful day and Ross took the opportunity to play his bagpipes.
Friendships were forged and songs and stories shared in this beautiful setting at Dunkeld. The Corbenic community have also been involved in making some of the resources for the stories in Loretto’s storybox and Monica from the craft workshop joined our story sharing session to hear the story she had developed some items for.
Tayberry Tales Apprentice Multi-sensory storytelling course is now in its third week and everyone is having fun learning about storytelling. The apprentices are amazing and have learned valuable storytelling skills, learned about the senses, and made multi-sensory stories. It is fantastic to see the unlocking of the potential of the apprentices and they have embraced the work and are growing confident in their delivery of stories and in their understanding of multi-sensory stories. Everyone is looking forward to visiting Corbenic on the 9th of September where the apprentices can share their work and make new connections.
Story umbrellas made by the apprentices
The apprentices learning about the senses
Having fun creating character
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. .
Family carers at the end of a stimulating 2 days
staff and volunteers with Michael Williamson
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
Claire and Maureen worked together this week on the final story for the multi sensory story box on we are developing in memory of Loretto. This is the third and final story in a wonderful collection of three traditional stories that we have made accessible to people with profound and multiple learning disability. Much groaning, singing and fun accompanied the process along the way as we wrestled with rhyme, rhythm and repetition and the essence of the story. We also had a visit from Genie, who has designed a beautiful but practical box for the resource and last week we met with Jane, a wonderful basket weaver, who is creating a traditional creel to carry some of our sensory objects. We will announce our next story and music sharing day soon. We are also excited to share the new Tayberry storytellers logo with you soon too so watch this space.
A picture from Loretto’s 3rd story
Michael and Claire at the Therapeutic Storytelling
On Wednesday the 25th of May PAMIS were pleased to host an evening with story coach Dr Michael Williams where he talked about the healing power of stories. This was followed by a day when PAMIS staff, friends and colleagues spent a wonderful day learning about the therapeutic value of stories. We spent the day exploring personal stories and it was amazing to develop active listening skills that help to hear personal stories with a real depth of understanding and see the value of everyone’s story. Dr Michael Williams skilfully led us through a story day that was deep, meaningful and transformative.
Michael Williams Storytelling
Dr Michael Williams said “The last two days spent with staff and volunteers of PAMIS were so nourishing and I’m very grateful for their sharing and willingness to enter into the healing realm of story.I look forward to working with the families which PAMIS supports later in June (20 & 21). But for now, thanks to a visionary organisation that values everyone’s story and sees the healing value of storytelling in their work with carers and families of children with multiple and profound learning challenges. It’s also heartening to know they have a wonderful storyteller in Claire Hewitt supporting their good work. Thanks to Maureen Phillip, Jenny Miller, Amy Anderson, Lesley Gray and all the staff and volunteers of PAMIS for making the therapeutic storytelling workshop such a success.”
Our storytelling yurt held its first story session in Grampian where people enjoyed stories in the yurt at the Grampian fun day at Portlethen on 14th May. Thank you to Owen Pilgrim for adapting it for us and for demonstrating how to erect the yurt.
Yurt at Grampian Fun Day
On the 19th of May we travelled to Lilybank Adult Resource Centre in Forfar, where we shared the two stories that we have developed for Loretto’s story box. This was another great day and again we shared the stories and songs with everyone there. This time Graeme from Tayberry storytellers joined us and treated everyone to a fantastic telling of Rashie Coat.
Lilybank and storytellers
Graham telling the story
The last few weeks have been fantastic watching Caroline Hill telling the story of her daughter, Gillian’s hospital stay. The story was a part of a simulated nurse training programme at the University of Dundee and the transformative power of Gillian’s story contributed greatly to the learning of participating students.
Caroline and a group of trainee nurses
The 6th May saw us returning to Corbenic to share music and stories to celebrate the completion of writing the second story, which is a Selkie story, for Loretto’s story box. We had a great day listening to Claire tell the story and play the harp. Tayberry multi-sensory storyteller apprentice Channing also shared a story with the group. The sun shone and we had great fun building our storytelling community. We also visited Monica in the craft room to discuss the stimuli we need for the story and look forward to seeing the items that are being made at Corbenic.
Channing telling a story