Community Programme

We are grateful to Awards for All for a grant which enables us to run a programme of community storytelling workshops.

This year the festival will be providing storytelling activities with frail elderly people, particularly for those in care settings, and with learning disabled adults. These will take place in the Mendip and South Somerset districts from June to December. Host venues include Torrwood Care Centre; The Lawrence Centre; Fiveways and The Laurel Resource Centre, Hallr Wood and Drayton Forest Schools. These events will not be open to the public, but there will be a free workshop to which all are welcome, who want to find out more about this aspect of storytelling. Please see this page for details.

OSTfinishedLogo100511Openstorytellers, Somerset’s own adult learning disabled storytelling company, will be assisting with some of the workshops. Openstorytellers is the only group of its kind in Europe and we are delighted that they will be partnering us in some of these events.

Openstorytellers is a company of storytellers for people with learning and communication difficulties, helping people to be heard, understood, included and valued.

Their mission is to enrich the lives of people with learning and communication difficulties, and the lives of those who live and work with them, through the use of narrative and story, building relationships, sharing experiences, developing a sense of identity and helping people to find their place in society.