Our Projects

WORKING WITH WOMEN'S AID EAST AND MIDLOTHIAN

This is where the idea of Sharing a Story CIC all began, so will always be special to us . . . Lorna piloted a Story Cafe with Women's Aid East and Midlothian back in 2015. Thanks to the support of Foundation Scotland, we have run several successful projects for the organisation and have seen at first-hand the difference these creative writing sessions can make to individuals health and well-being.

Thanks to the generous support of Midlothian Council's Community Based Adult Learning Fund, we have been able to run another series of workshops in spring 2022.

The feedback over the years has been overwhelmingly positive: 

  • "The encouragement you’ve given, the tools and methods you’ve supplied, and the believing in us (me), is heartwarming. Thank you so   much for your time and dedication."
  • "I felt like part of a team and that we all had good answers."
  • "I enjoyed the conversations and learning to get in touch with how I feel and to own my feelings and not be afraid."

 

 

DUNBAR DEMENTIA CARERS SUPPORT GROUP

We love working with the very special group of people at Dunbar Dementia Carers Support Group and during lockdown were really pleased to help them put together their own community cookbook with recipes from group members and volunteers. This has been sold locally, with proceeds raised going toward the group's funds.

 

 

ZOOM WITH A VIEW

We were thrilled to work with Capital Theatres on this project for people living with dementia and their loved ones exploring themes around Theatre - Past, Present and Future.

 

 

HEADWAY EAST LOTHIAN

Last year we were thrilled to be invited to work with Headway East Lothian. We joined their online meeting and shared stories and discovered some of the things that we hold dear.

 

 

BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND

Once again we were delighted to be a Book Week Scotland Partner for Scottish Book Week 2020 and 2021 ran an event for Dunbar Dementia Carers' Support Group featuring Scots poet Stuart Paterson.

 

 

NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND SUPPORTS CREATIVE CONNECTIONS PROJECT

Thanks to the generous support of The National Lottery Community Fund we were able to build on our work with four day centres in East Lothian with our Creative Connections Project. We created two creative activities booklet to help keep elderly people, unable to attend the centres, connected. In 2019/2020, we delivered Sharing Stories Together, a project designed to reduce social isolation for elderly people in day centres across East Lothian: in Dunbar, Gullane, North Berwick and East Linton.  The sessions focused on engaging the group and building relationships through the sharing of stories. Each centre then produced its own booklet of creative writing. Thanks to all the participants and staff at each of the centres for their amazing support.   

    


LUMINATE@HOME SERIES

Luminate is Scotland's creative ageing organisation. Lorna was asked to produce a film, using creative writing, for their @Home series which they  developed during the Covid-19 lockdown. It can be watched here  


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.