Our Projects

National Lottery Community Fund Supports Sharing Stories Together Project: Working with Day Care Centres in East Lothian

Sharing Stories Together is a project designed to reduce social isolation for elderly people in day centres across East Lothian. Sharing A Story CIC has been awarded lottery grant funding to work with day centres in Dunbar, Gullane, North Berwick and East Linton.

The sessions will focus on engaging the group and building relationships through the sharing of stories. Sharing A Story CIC will design a project for each day centre and deliver 12 sessions to each.

 

Foundation Scotland Award for Working With Women Affected by Domestic Abuse

Thanks to the support of Foundation Scotland we are now able to work with survivors of domestic abuse over the next 12 months. Lorna has run several successful pilot projects for Women’s Aid East and Midlothian and has seen at first-hand the difference these creative writing sessions can make to individuals health and well-being. Sharing A Story CIC will now run a series of free workshops for service users at WAEML which start in October 2019.

Feedback from previous participants has been overwhelmingly positive:

  • “I really enjoyed coming together with other women, really enjoyed sharing our stories together and it was amazing how many shared experiences we all had.”
  • “I made my own writing, without even thinking I was doing anything. I’ve got it stuck to my fridge. When I’m down I look at and think - that is me.” 
  • “I was a bit worried about whether or not this would be my thing but it was really good fun. It was more emotional than I expected it to be but that was really positive.”
  • “Lorna is amazing at showing us that we have a writer inside of us.”

Through the workshops, she aims to engage everyone using creative methods in a safe and supportive environment.

 

Sharing A Story’s aim is to focus on working with groups of people in the community who face loneliness, social isolation, mental-health issues including depression and low self-esteem. Everyone has the ability to write, sometimes all that is needed is a bit of encouragement and direction. We are happy to work with groups or individuals and can tailor a programme to suit specific needs.Please get in touch if you have any questions or want to enquire about Sharing A Story running sessions for your own organisations.