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 😉

Venue:
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.”

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Therapeutic Storytelling

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

Family carers at the end of a stimulating 2 days

 

 

staff and volunteers with Michael Williamson

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

Learning about the Therapeutic Value of Stories

Michael and Claire at the Therapeutic Storytelling

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

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.”

Therapeutic Storytelling

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!!!

Dr Michael Williams leading a storytelling session on the West Bank

Dr Michael Williams leading a storytelling session on the West Bank