Reading on Screen

Reading on Screen is a collaboration between the universities of Bournemouth and Brighton funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  It is designed to share the findings with the public, of two previous projects at Bournemouth University, funded by the AHRC, Researching Readers Online and Digital Reading Network.

DigiTales is delighted to be a partner in this project, using Digital Storytelling to capture the stories of readers living through the technological advances of the last decades which have resulted in more and more people ‘reading on screen’. Workshops take place in Bournemouth (May), Brighton (September) and Sheffield (October) and culminates in a final exhibition at the University of Brighton on December 15th 2017.   Reading on Screen  This project is also supported by The Reading Agency, a charity dedicated to inspiring people to read moreReading on Screen will also feature as part of Brighton Festival in October 2017.

Details of the workshops and stories can be found on the Reading on Screen website.

 

 

Selected images from Bournemouth and Brighton workshops.  Photos: Ray Gibson.

Histórias de migração – Stories of migration

DigiTales collaborated with Dr. Elena Vaccelli at the University of Greenwich on a pilot project working with the Portuguese speaking community in Stockwell, South London.

There are roughly 35,000 Portuguese speaking migrants in Stockwell, spanning across different generations of migration and across different continents, including Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. The pilot project used Digital Storytelling as a creative and collaborative method to explore urban exclusion for the Portuguese speaking community in gentrifying Stockwell.

The ‘social encounter’ of the digital storytelling workshop encourages participants to reflect on and share personal narratives which are borne out of a dialogical relationship amongst the group.

Here’s a sample of the stories we produced in a noisy Portuguese café, in just a few hours, speaking a mixture of Portugese and English and enjoying the inevitable Pasteis de Nata (gorgeous custard tarts).

Memories of Angola, by Anabela Vez

A Hug when I needed it, by Irene de Sousa

Deciding to Come, by Maria Conceicão Pinto Araujo Fontoura

Some images from the workshop in July 2017.

UnTold Stories

Untold Stories is a Civic Engagement project, supported by the University of East London’s (UEL) Civic Engagement Fund and the Salvation Army Housing Association (SAHA).  Digitales is working with 7 students from UEL to train them in Digital Storytelling facilitation, which they will then go on to apply as they facilitate a Digital Storytelling workshop in May 2017 at the University with young people from SAHA’s Braintree Foyer.  Foyers provide affordable and safe accommodation linked to employment and training opportunities, support and a range of other services for young people aged between 16 and 24.  The stories that are produced from the workshops will be screened at this year’s International Digital Storytelling get-together, the Untold Un-conference, which will be hosted by UEL on 11th and 12th July.  The first facilitator training workshop for the students took place on March 28-30th.
Images by Ray Gibson.
 

Hidden Voices: Digital Storytelling with Prisoners’ Families

DigiTales collaborated with Zap Art, Sussex Prisoners’ Families and the University of Brighton on the Hidden Voices project, creating digital stories with families of prisoners in Brighton in February 2017.

Hidden Voices was a programme of expressive arts workshops in youth clubs and community centres across East and West Sussex, to raise awareness of the ‘hidden sentence’ faced by one of society’s most invisible groups – prisoners’ families (partners, carers, parents and particularly young people and children). A key aim was to highlight the impact of family imprisonment upon wellbeing, relationships and life chances and offer a platform to promote youth voice.

DigiTales and the University of Brighton led an intensive, 3-day Digital Storytelling workshop and showcased the stories in May as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.

Watch the stories!

Project Partners:

Zap Art is a creative arts charity, internationally renowned for introducing high quality, powerful arts experiences to new audiences, with a particular focus on engaging people in areas of deprivation, working with disadvantaged or marginalised groups. Zap designs creative programmes and cultural events that involve communities, and through working in partnership with social organisations it seeks to support people to transform their personal situations or tackle social issues.

Sussex Prisoners’ Families (SPF)

SPF is a community interest company, established in 2013, which supports local families in Brighton, West Sussex and East Sussex to cope emotionally and practically with the imprisonment of a loved-one. SPF offers support and advice to families (partners, carers, parents, young people and children) as well as training and awareness-raising for professionals so that they can better meet families’ needs. SPF’s first strand of work is supporting defendant families in court, but they are currently developing community based support groups including youth voice activity.

The project was supported by grant funding from   People’s Postcode Trust (£20,000) and BBC Children in Need (£10,000).

 

 

Hidden Voices: Digital Storytelling with Prisoners’ Families

 

 

 

DigiTales collaborated with Zap Art, Sussex Prisoners’ Families and the University of Brighton on the Hidden Voices project, creating digital stories with families of prisoners in Brighton in February 2017.

The project was supported by grant funding from   People’s Postcode Trust (£20,000) and BBC Children in Need (£10,000).

Hidden Voices was a programme of expressive arts workshops in youth clubs and community centres across East and West Sussex, to raise awareness of the ‘hidden sentence’ faced by one of society’s most invisible groups – prisoners’ families (partners, carers, parents and particularly young people and children). A key aim was to highlight the impact of family imprisonment upon wellbeing, relationships and life chances and offer a platform to promote youth voice.

DigiTales and the University of Brighton led an intensive, 3-day Digital Storytelling workshop and showcased the stories in May as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.

Project Partners:

Zap Art is a creative arts charity, internationally renowned for introducing high quality, powerful arts experiences to new audiences, with a particular focus on engaging people in areas of deprivation, working with disadvantaged or marginalised groups. Zap designs creative programmes and cultural events that involve communities, and through working in partnership with social organisations it seeks to support people to transform their personal situations or tackle social issues.

Sussex Prisoners’ Families (SPF)

SPF is a community interest company, established in 2013, which supports local families in Brighton, West Sussex and East Sussex to cope emotionally and practically with the imprisonment of a loved-one. SPF offers support and advice to families (partners, carers, parents, young people and children) as well as training and awareness-raising for professionals so that they can better meet families’ needs. SPF’s first strand of work is supporting defendant families in court, but they are currently developing community based support groups including youth voice activity.

 

 

 

StoryA|STORY Abroad

Validating and Connecting Experiences of Working and Studying Abroad Through Digital Storytelling

StoryA – A Transnational European project funded by ErasmusPlus.  The UK Component is led by the University of Brighton.

Partners: MeltingPro (Italy – lead partner); Storycenter (USA), Media Shots (Portugal), Verein Digital Story Vienna (Austria), Perspectives (Belgium), Museu da Pessoa (Brazil), Kulturskolan Stockholm (Sweden), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa).

DigiTales is working closely with the University of Brighton to deliver the UK components of STORYA. Our primary goal was to take advantage of the opportunity to work with a group of young people over an extended period of time on a sharply focussed research question. Our view was that the longer time period created scope to establish relationships with young people by introducing them to digital storytelling before they went abroad so they could gather resources for their story while they travelled before attending a production workshop to craft their stories on their return. We were fortunate enough to be able to draw on our existing relationship with the Salvation Army Housing Association’s Open Talent programme which provides new creative opportunities for hard to reach young people and includes periods spent outside the UK.   UoB, DigiTales and SAHA worked together to create a bespoke workshop programme for young people travelling to South Africa and the Netherlands. For most of the group, this journey was their first time outside the UK. In December 2015, we ran a three day workshop to produce digital stories with the group about the impact of their experiences abroad.  Here is a story by Sophie, who describes a life changing experience:

https://vimeo.com/152880100

You can see stories from across the partnership here on the StoryAbroad Youtube channel.  We also made a short video containing interviews from the young people as they went through their digital storytelling workshop.  You can download the E-Book that was produced by the partnership: Travelling Stories.

Silver Stories

DigiTales was one of the 3 UK partners of the Silver Stories partnership which was led by the Universty of Brighton.  It was funded by the Lifelong Learning ‘Transfer of Innovation’ programme. DigiTales developed the Silver Stories proposal to the EC with the University of Brighton,building  upon our award-winning Extending Creative Practice project, which ran from 2010 – 2012.

Silver Stories explored the use of Digital Storytelling with health care professionals who are working with, or training to work with older people. The project  tested the benefits of digital storytelling as a tool for reflective learning, as an active engagement tool to help combat digital exclusion of active older people and as a means to stimulate memory and articulate stories that may otherwise not be told by older people.

Working with health care professionals allowed DigiTales to gather new stories, create new quality assured modules for use in Higher Education across the partner countries and demonstrate the power of digital storytelling in Higher Education, community and workplace settings.

Salvation Army Housing Association (SAHA)

 SAHA logo

 

 

DigiTales was commissioned by the Salvation Army Housing Association (SAHA) to train staff to use digital storytelling with their residents, many of whom are young people who have faced challenges and difficulties in their lives. The SAHA approach, through its Open Talent programme, is based on a life coaching model, which emphasises talent spotting and talent building to enable young people to make a successful transition to adult independence. SAHA sees Digital Storytelling as a powerful tool to enable young people not only to develop their creative and technical skills, but also as a means to reflect, reveal and share personal experiences that have had an impact on their lives.

 

 

 

Silver Stories Snapshoot Workshop

December 3rd – 5th 2014

by Tricia Jenkins

DigiTales attended the interim meeting of the Silver Stories partnership in Copenhagen last week, which was preceded by an excellent training workshop to explore working with iphones/smart phones and ipads/tablets, testing different apps and assessing their potential to use in the piloting of digital storytelling modules with health and social work professionals who are working with older people, and indeed with older people themselves.

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Whilst mobile phones are so accessible, so that you can literally make a film on the move, those of us with failing eyesight found them challenging to use, whilst those of us using iPads found the devices fine, but the limitations of the iPad iMovie app a little frustrating.

That said, we all found the experience of being involved in co-creation of stories through story circle once again invaluable. It is good to re-position ourselves as participants rather than facilitators once in a while. It reminds you what it feels like to find, to tell, to share a personal story. And being an international group brought a rich diversity of stories, creating a bond beyond the simple one of being together because we are contracted for two years to be so.10846009_10152880720933554_2094041062915240861_n

Digital Storylab did an excellent job running the workshop and hosting the management meeting, where we learned so much about the fantastic work being carried out across the six countries.   Mitra in Slovenia ran a hugely successful Silver Stories film festival, whilst Laurea Institute of Applied Science in Finland has been adapting  past experience with digital storytelling techniques to work with older people living with Dementia.

Maria dos Anjos Dixe and Mirva Alapoikela, Laurea Institute of  Applied Science

In Portugal, Trapezio/Media Shots have been working in partnership with Instituto Polytecnico de Leiria, training teachers, nurses and social workers in digital storytelling and testing the method in pilot workshops with older people. One participant, who has a degenerative disease, was discouraged from participating on the grounds that that she would not be able to do it. Despite her lack of experience with computers and her disability, she did make a story and now her family have a changed perception of her capabilities. They are very proud of her achievement – and so is she! Our hugely productive Romanian partner, The Progress Foundation, have sent some of their librarian trainers who have developed real expertise in using digital storytelling with older people in the community, to tap into the experience of Digital Storylab, DigiTales and Trapezio/Media Shots, all of whom have worked with a wide range of disadvantaged or marginalized groups, so that they can extend their reach in Romania to more diverse communities.

GroupAnd that is just the tip of the iceberg – everyone in the partnership is busy finding every which way to continue and to develop digital storytelling in their own countries and in international partnership ventures.

Our final Silver Stories conference will take place on 26-27 May 2015, in beautiful Leiria in Portugal, hosted by Instituto Polytecnico de Leiria. This international conference invites submissions for papers about the use of digital storytelling with older people, within communities and its use in reflective practice. You can find details of the conference and how to submit an abstract (deadline 27 February 2015) on the conference website.

Take a look at the call for papers…. and please join us 26-27 May 2015 to discuss and celebrate the uses of digital storytelling.

Silver Stories – Transfer of Innovation

Silver Stories’ Approach to Transfer of Innovation

The Silver Stories partnership developed from an earlier, award-winning project Extending Creative Practice, funded through the EC’s Grundtvig programme. led by DigiTales Ltd., between 2010 and 2012. Extending Creative Practice promoted the use of digital storytelling with active older people, in community settings and with frail older people. DigiTales provided digital storytelling facilitator training for Mitra (Slovenia), The Progress Foundation (Romania) and Laurea University of Applied Science (Finland). These organisations have incorporated digital storytelling as part of their practice and have achieved impressive results, both during the lifespan of the project and thereafter. For example, in Romania, there are now over 400 digital storytelling facilitators located in public libraries!

Digital Storytelling workshop, Constanta, Romania
Workshop with older people in Constanta, Romania

Download the Extending Creative Practice Evaluation Report

View Extending Creative Practice Digital Stories.

These partners have developed considerable expertise in using digital storytelling with older people and Silver Stories has enabled us to extend the partnership to transfer the method to new partners in Portugal (Instituto Polytécnico de Leiria, IPL; and Trapezio/Media Shots) and Denmark (Digitalstorylab). IPL is a leading provider of nursing qualifications in Portugal and Trapezio is an established and internationally recognised digital storytelling organisation, but with little experience of working with older people. Similarly, Digitalstorylab is a leading player in Denmark and on the international stage, specializing in digital storytelling in a wide range of contexts, with many different groups, but had little direct experience of working with older people. DigiTales has also worked internationally, delivering digital storytelling workshops to disadvantaged communities and specialising in facilitator training. Like Trapezio and Digitalstorylab, DigiTales relished the opportunity to learn from our expert colleagues in Romania and Finland.

Silver Stories’ ‘Transfer of Innovation’ is divided into three actions.

Transfer One meeting Constanta

 

Transfer One was held in Constanta, Romania in May 2014.  It concentrated on how digital storytelling has been incorporated into the mainstream library provision.

 

Transfer Two workshop Espoo, Finland

 

Transfer Two was hosted by Laurea University of Applied Science, Espoo, Helsinki, Finland, in February 2014. Colleagues at Laurea provided a fascinating workshop focusing on approaches to using digital storytelling with frail older people

 

Both workshops provided an excellent foundation for participants to develop their digital storytelling work with older people and also contributed valuable insights to an in-progress PhD research project: What are the Benefits of Digital Storytelling with Older People? (researcher Tricia Jenkins of DigiTales; Studentship at Middlesex University).

Transfer Three has drawn upon the expertise of DigiTales, Digitalstorylab and Trapezio, who have enabled Romanian colleagues to join digital storytelling workshops with a broader range of marginalized learners. Librarian trainers in Romania are now building on their experiences from the workshops they attended to develop a new ‘Training for Trainers of Marginalised Learners’, which will be tested in the field within Romanian County libraries before rolling the programme out across the country.

Transfer Three – UK: Using Digital Storytelling with Vulnerable and Hard-to-Reach Young People

 DigiTales was commissioned by the Salvation Army Housing Association (SAHA) to train staff to use digital storytelling with their residents, many of whom are young people who have faced challenges and difficulties in their lives. The SAHA approach, through its Open Talent programme, is based on a life coaching model, which emphasizes talent spotting and talent building to enable young people to make a successful transition to adult independence. SAHA sees Digital Storytelling as a powerful tool to enable young people not only to develop their creative and technical skills, but also as a means to reflect, reveal and share personal experiences that have had an impact on their lives.

Rob Swarbrick
Youth Worker Rob Swarbrick develops his digital story at Facilitator Training, London, April 2014.

As anyone who is involved in Digital Storytelling will know, it is of key importance that facilitators have themselves experienced going through a Story Circle and Storytelling workshop – as a facilitator, you need to be aware of how it feels to identify and share a story that is personal to you.

In April 2014, DigiTales ran a facilitator training workshop for SAHA staff from Yorkshire Lancashire, Essex and East Sussex and three librarian trainers from Romania also attended.The workshop was hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London and three exhausting but enjoyable days enabled each participant to produce their own digital story.

Watch Rob’s Story

http://vimeo.com/108276573

A second workshop for SAHA staff was hosted by the University of Brighton in July 2014 and this was again attended by Romanian colleagues [names]. They learned a great deal from meeting the SAHA team and Brighton made quite an impression as well.

Digital Storytelling has been such a hit with SAHA’s staff that a third facilitator training workshop will run in December 2014.