Iriss collaborated with the The Village Storytelling Centre to support practitioners to explore narratives through letter-writing. This opportunity prompted the group to really reflect on the idea of stories, and how to incorporate storytelling into their own practice.
I really enjoyed it… It was thought provoking and it certainly made me think more about how stories are told
The group collaborated to write a letter about their joint experiences, but also welcomed the opportunity to share their own personal stories. We have widened this opportunity to all social service practitioners, who can submit their letters online.
The workshop also opened doors to the frontline practitioners’ thinking about what it might be like for the person they support to share their stories, particularly when they may feel they need to hold back for certain audiences.
Today was really fun and engaging.. And I think that through using practical activities it’s a good way of putting you into the shoes of the person that you’re working with… How does it feel to tell a story when you’re not allowed to tell parts of the story?
The workshops were evaluated positively, and further strengthened our understanding of the potential of creativity to support the workforce. The stories and outputs developed are available online, and showcase the strength of emotion and connection of Scotland’s social service workforce.