Connor and Rachel’s placement sadly came to an end and Connor popped into PAMIS to demonstrate his placement record which he’d cleverly prepared as a multi-sensory story!
The spotlight has been on PMLD over the last week and the student year is coming to a close so it seems like an appropriate time to update you all on the story activity of the past few weeks. We have seen stories completed, new stories begun and storytelling shared in our PAMIS yurt. It has been a time of planning, remembering , creating and sharing stories. It has also been a time to celebrate the power of personal stories and their ability to raise awareness, bring people together and influence change. Here are a few updates on what’s been happening.
Rachel and Connor, two teaching students on placement with PAMIS finalised the hydrotherapy story that they were working on for a group of children at the Grange primary school in Monifieth.
At PAMIS we love students and we are pleased to say that we have a six week programme starting soon where Social Work, Occupational Therapy and Teaching students will work together to develop and deliver multi-sensory storytelling in The Grange primary school in Monifieth. Again thanks to Angus Education we hope this will be the first of many such programmes which will be mutually beneficial to the school and to the students. Many thanks to everyone involved for making this happen. If this is something anyone else is interested in please get in touch.
Watch out for our storytelling YURT!!!! Coming soon.
PAMIS will also be undertaking Therapeutic Storytelling with Dr Michael Williams. Michael is a professional story coach, storyteller, and business narrative consultant who helps others create stories that change the world. He says “storytelling is my life, my passion. I want to nourish you with that passion so you can nourish and transform others. I have a particular interest in storytelling for leadership, business, therapy, public engagement, entertainment, and creative writing. I use approaches which help clients make positive, creative, and healthy changes in their lives as well as in the world around them”. Michael will be working with staff and family carers to share his knowledge and skills of therapeutic storytelling. This will be an exciting journey to undertake and an amazing path to follow, and multi-sensory stories will flow!!!
March 22-26 sees The Village Storytelling Festival in Glasgow. This festival is a celebration and exploration of the art and application of storytelling past, present and future. Marking the 15th anniversary of The Village Storytelling Centre, this four day festival will give you the opportunity to see innovative storytellers from across the UK in exciting contemporary performance and to experience a range of performances from community groups all working with story and art in different ways. On March the 23 Maureen Phillip from PAMIS and Amanda Scott, Principal Teacher for Special Education in Angus, will be presenting an interactive session on Sensitive Stories.
PAMIS staff, volunteers and students are all working hard to produce stories for Angus schools. Principal Teacher for Angus, Amanda Scott has secured funding to enable her to purchase stories for the schools in Angus. This initiative will mean that the stories will more easily accessed by the Angus schools and everyone will be learning together and having sensory fun. The stories will be ready soon.
Then we have the Tayberry Enterprise accredited sensory storytelling apprenticeship scheme, which has attracted funding through The Keys to Life Development Fund. We are pleased to be working with Tayberry Enterprise to help train their storytellers in techniques that will help them share and tell multi-sensory stories to a variety of audiences. As part of this project we all spent a beautiful day at Corbenic near Dunkeld and shared stories and song in a wonderful story and music sharing and training day. The project will be coming to other areas of Scotland soon, for further information please contact Anne Everett-Ogston, Project co-ordinator at: AEverett-Ogston@tayberryenterprise.org www.tayberryenterprise.org. The three storytellers already undertaking this apprenticeship are coming with us on our journey with the development of our Irish multi-sensory stories.
On Monday March 21, Jason and Channing, the multi-sensory storytellers from Tayberry Enterprise continued their voice coaching at PAMIS with Joanna. This was followed by a training session from Claire and a sharing of our Sligo story trip with the storytellers, visiting students and staff, from Lilybank Resource Centre in Forfar. This training day was held in preparation for a future visit to Lilybank in a few months time by the Tayberry storytellers.
Sligo – The shelly place
Claire and I returned from Sligo full of beautiful stories from the wonderful landscape of Sligo. We roamed among the lakes, woods and beaches of Sligo with Maura and Florrie, Loretto’s sisters, chasing stories from the land of Loretto’s youth. The weather was beautiful and Maura recited Yeats at the foot of the Glen Car waterfall.
We stood in the shadow of Ben Bulben and gathered shells, wood and stones from the shore to help create our wonderful multi-sensory story resource in memory of Loretto. The Sligo landscape is amazing and as we wandered along the shores, through the woods and streets of Sligo and heard stories about the Lambe family childhood, we had a sense of this land, it’s people and it’s stories and I could see how growing up in Sligo would nurture the storyteller within.
Our visit to Sligo will enrich the resource by including the poems of Yeats read by her sister and music recorded by other family members and this will ensure the story resource is a wonderful memory of a remarkable woman. Watch out for Claire’s Sligo story map, coming soon.
“Where the wandering water gushes
From the hillside above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes,
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout,
And whispering in their ears;
We give them evil dream,
leaning softly out
from ferns that drop their tears
of dew on the young streams
Come! O, human child!
To the woods and waters wild,
With a fairy hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than
You can understand.”
Our first journey takes us to Ireland, in memory of PAMIS founder Loretto Lambe who was Irish and passionate about multi–sensory stories and people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their families. Baily Thomas Charitable Fund and Soutar Charitable Trust has awarded PAMIS funding to develop a story resource for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in memory of Loretto. The story box will be an additional resource for the PAMIS library and will consist of three beautifully crafted Irish multi-sensory stories from the oral storytelling tradition. The resource will include music and natural sounds from the Irish landscape. We will be working with the Corbenic community at Dunkeld to craft the stimuli and story box for the stories. Maureen and storyteller Claire Hewitt are already working together to produce this resource. Work has already began on the first story and PAMIS are sharing the development of these stories with other budding local storytellers who are interested in the process.
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!