The Story Retold – Wellbeing Project by Carrie Twist

12th July 2017

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Many care home residents will have experienced different kinds of loss. This may be the death of a loved one, deterioration of their health or giving up their home to live in care.  In the busyness of care home life, we often don’t have the chance to provide a space for people to ask and grapple with these questions. In my role as the project development worker, I am passionate about giving people space to reflect on their deeper questions about life and their situation.

Some of your care homes will have engagement from local Religious organisations but may find that these services and practices only engage with a small amount of people due to them presuming a background knowledge or belief.

‘The Story Retold’ is an ecumenical (cross denominational) Christian wellbeing national project based in South Yorkshire. It uses familiar stories from the Bible told by a storyteller using visual props. There is a time of ‘wondering’ together about the story, a chance to creatively respond, and then to share a feast together.

The project is one and a half years old but has been running in American care homes over the last twelve years.  We have been running the project in seven different care settings across Sheffield, with a range of residents from different faith backgrounds and none. We have found that the project gives space for people to ask difficult questions and to think through different issues. It also helps to build care home community as it creates an open and safe space for residents and staff to engage with each other. Everyone is equal and there is no ‘expert’.

We are drawing on the principles of research on Person Centred care from Tom Kitwood, the 5 Love languages from Gary Chapman and Spiritual Care from Scottish theologian John Swinton to shape this project.

The Story Retold’ is an adaptation of Godly Play. This is a method of Christian nurture used in Churches and schools across the UK, which has been designed by Jerome Berryman in the USA and shaped by Montessori education. At the interactive workshop, you will experience a storytelling session and have an opportunity to find out how you can train as a storyteller for your setting.

Carrie Twist is hosting this workshop at Cardiff and London. Register for your free tickets today.

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