Story Buddies is an innovative, digitally based storytelling project which provides individuals with the opportunity to create and share their own stories and help others to do the same.
Storytelling - Creating ideas 14.00 - 14.30 18th August
Getting started in storytelling can be difficult, this short online workshop provides some simple tips and games to get you thinking creatively about making stories.
Storytelling - Building a story 14.00 - 14.30 25th August
This workshop will explore some of the essential elements of a story, look at narrative structure and provide ideas on how to construct your story.
To register for a workshop email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At Real Time we believe that storytelling helps people make sense of their own experiences, particularly by encouraging mindfulness as well as self-reflection. Storytelling allows individuals to learn a variety of new skills such as improving self-confidence, inspiring optimism and encouraging structure during challenging circumstances, as well as making social connections with individuals experiencing similar things.
With Real Time’s experience working with vulnerable adults, we have experienced
first-hand how the Covid-19 Crisis has highlighted the increasing divide between individuals who have had access to creative activities and culture online during lockdown, and those who had little or no access. Individuals with disabilities as well as older people are some groups within the community who may have had limited access to such online assets.
As we emerge from the shadow of Covid-19, Story Buddies aims to offer a practical and
uplifting solution to these challenges by providing encouragement and support to
marginalised individuals to start or even follow through with any creative ideas they may have.
In order to challenge these adversities and inequalities head on, Real Time is running an ‘Introduction to Storytelling’ course weekly throughout August. In order to ensure individuals can share their stories and experiences as authentically and as creatively as possible, Real Time are training volunteers to become ‘Story Buddies’ in order to support individuals they know who might have a story to tell.
These Story Buddies are not required to have any special skills, but simply possess a willingness to support someone they know, such as a friend or a sibling. All Buddies will be equipped to become the perfect buddy through having access to online assets such as workshops, downloadable worksheets and video tutorials for using different storytelling techniques.
Here are a few of the benefits we believe can be gained from storytelling:
Realising that sharing your story can help others
Stories can be very healing and many people benefit from getting the opportunity to pass on their wisdom to others.
Finding your own voice
It means learning how to express yourself and learning how to think about what has happened in your life in a way that makes sense to you and others.
Re-affirming your values
Sometimes you learn things about yourself from the act of writing or storytelling, whilst clarifying what is important to you. Pausing to tell your story can be a good way to sort your priorities as it can be easy to get swept up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle. Taking some time to focus on values can be beneficial.
Finding peace, finding hope
People who have found their voice, shared their story, and reaffirmed their values often find a sense of peace and a hopefulness that they didn’t have before.
See here for the Story Buddy FAQ.
If you’d like to volunteer as a Story Buddy or know someone who might benefit from having a Story Buddy, contact us at email@example.com
Supported using funding from
Reading Borough Council and the Great Places Scheme