Recently Superact hosted a networking and sharing session for alternative adult learning agencies in Devon. The day event brought together members of Learn Devon, the Men’s Shed Association, Exeter YMCA, St. Sidwell’s Community Centre, OrganicArts and other related organisations along with interested members of the public. We shared information on our best practice Erasmus+ project On the Move, and our resident Story Coach and Aladdin Project Manager spoke on the use of storytelling in intergenerational skill sharing, before running a taster workshop in the art. The gathering was a buzz of shared energy, ideas and information, with many connections made and thoughts on future partnerships mooted. Read on to find out more:
No tractors, no cows, no thing. Nothing got in the way on my drive from Somerset to Exeter for the free event on Alternative Adult Learning. Something will surely get in the way of a smooth day ahead then! Funny how the inner realms invade my head space… Well, lovely Blog reader, nothing got in the way of a really lovely smooth day! This could have been down to the amazing hard and dedicated work of Patsy Lang, our Senior Project Manager. Thank you SO much Patsy. It could have been down to the hands-on approach from the rest of the Superact team, Ursula, Matilda and Daisy. All the speakers gave really informative and engaging presentations about the local and regional work that goes on. All elements fell into place. In a brilliant venue, it must be said. Thank you Exeter Community Centre! Maybe particularly also, the people who had turned up to listen deserve our praise. Some had travelled a long way and all seemed so enthused and buzzy about the connections that were happening. Connections. That was the key word of the day for me. I was there as Project Manager and Story Coach for the EU project, Aladdin. In the coming months we are to recruit some 20 older volunteers who want to learn how to give Storytelling Workshops to younger people. This seemed like a tough call, in the inner realms of my head… After I had talked about the Aladdin Project and it’s natural link to the Power of Storytelling, I was bowled over by the response. Two very definite yesses; one with older people in Bath and the other with disadvantaged older people in Exeter. This fills my heart! Then, another definite ‘yes’, from Exeter YMCA to recruit some younger people who wish to share their stories sometime during the middle part of 2017. What a gorgeous bonus! The links in this Aladdin chain are connecting; along the path of least resistance it seems. Genie magic. Genius!
If you work with Older People (55+) or Younger (disadvantaged) People (18–30) and would like to know more about Intergenerational Storytelling please get in touch with me – email@example.com and visit the Aladdin website – www.AladdinProject.eu
Stu Packer, Story Coach & Project Manager