The Village Storytelling Centre Annual Report 2011
Welcome to another year of exciting activitiesSay hello to some of the stars we met on the way………. 2
We have evaluated the way we work andhave introduced a number of servicessome of which encompass the work wehave delivered in the pastConsultation and EvaluationEmployabilityEqualitiesHealth and WellbeingHeritage and EnvironmentLearningPublic EventsLet’s take a look at what’s been
Consultation and Evaluation Team work was the order of the day when working with Neilston Development Trust to help the local community explore a shared vision for the future of a local outdoor space. Storyteller Allison Galbraith worked with local school children and older residents , exploring how the space had been used in the past and their hopes for the
Employability We have worked with a wide range of people who have been unemployed for a long time supporting them to become work- readyWorking with parentsconsidering going back intothe work environmentthrough the School Gatesinitiative and the long termunemployed. Storytelling isa meaningful toolencouraging people to focusupon the positive aspects oftheir life
Equalities ‘I’m Here Too’ In partnership with Glasgow Association for Mental Health, we embarked on a project addressing the stigma and other problems experienced by people caring for relatives or friends with mental health issues
Health and WellbeingOur reminiscencesessions havecontinued thisyear with lots ofinterestingsubjects, notunusual for achurch, we hadweddingsLove at first sight!!!!!! And our Singing for the Brain project. Working with people suffering with dementia and their carers . Weekly sessions of singing and reminiscence. ‘Britain’s got talent’ eat your heart out!!!!!!
Heritage and Environment Our partnership with Historic Scotland has continued and has strengthened this year with our on-going work at Crookston Castle but also work with schools in Inverclyde focussing on the Antonine Wall and a community project at Newark Castle. Come and join us on July 2nd at the Comet Festival Port Glasgow and in various sites around the city for our first environmental festival And there’s more
Heritage and Environment Historic Scotland commissioned us to deliver an educational project with local schools Bellahouston Academy and Glendale Primary using storymaking and storytelling to bring the history of the Antonine Wall alive What a handsome chap!!! Joanna enthused the children with stories of Romans and Alex Bowie our resident artist at the time encouraged them to make busts, the pictures of which, were used to create character postcards for use at the site in the future
LearningOur learning service has many Saturday Arts Drop Instrands, working with pre remains a very popularschool children, primary activity with localschools and special events children aged 7-12, some of whom have been coming since these classes startedThe ever popular WeeTales led by GerryDurkin, a firm favourite This year they havewith tots and adults alikebeen creating their own imaginary More town and people again
Learning Our work with schools this year has taken a different approach. A unique project took us to four Glasgow Primary schools where one class from each school worked with our storyteller and felt artist Liz Brown over a seven week period. The children created their own stories and feltwork. One boy said ‚When the bell rang everyday you were in I would jump up and down with excitement‛ Even more
LearningTaking it to the streets washow we delivered ourproject ‘Windows on theWorld’.In April our storytellerJoanna and artist FionaFleming braved the elementsto invite passers by to createsmall windows of artexpressing what they wouldlike to see from their ownwindows. This week longevent produced someimaginative art and stories.Children and adults tookpart with ages ranging fromthree to very, very, veryold!!!!!!
Public Events We have been out and about this year at various galas and festivals, some old, some new. We pitched up with yurt in tow, on a wet and windy day, at the Gourock Highland Games in May and will be making a comeback at the Greater Pollok Integration NetworkElsewhere (in doors this Family Fun Day at thetime) we have contributed end of Juneto the Aye Write andInspiration Festivals Keep watching to meet our Village celebrities!!!!!!!!!!
Public Events Our storytelling cafésthey will be here soon continue to delight our regular audiences. This year we have partnered with several new organisations, Scottish Jo in Opera performing ‘A full Little Bit of Figaro’, the swing Royal Scottish National Orchestra playing a variety of musical pieces, to name drop a few. These evenings bring young and old together and have introduced a budding new talent to the world of storytelling, local boy Paul Chaudhry
Public EventsCrookston Castle continues to bea venue for some of our publicevents. In September incollaboration with a number ofarts organisations in the SouthWest we held a medieval multi-media family fun day, with courtjesters and fire eating females!!!And in October chilling GerryDurkin and frightening AllisonGalbraith hosted our spookytales to celebrate Halloween ++++SCARY STUFF++++Soon… we promise
Changing FacesA fond farewell to Alex Bowie our artist in residence up to January – she is off to Argentina working as an art teacher. Lucky Argentinian Kati Waitzmann – children The Glasgow Storytelling Development Beverley Oakman our Officer, Kati has Development Manager – now taken on a her contract came to an new and exciting end in March, but whilst Storytelling in post she developed Fellowship new partnerships and services which will Good luck to you all stand us in good stead for the future.
More Changing FacesA warm welcome Ashley McTavish -Reminiscenceto Ashley has delivered a rich mix of programmes to delight the regular attendees at our reminiscence sessions. Each month her arrival is eagerly awaited to discover what colour her hair will be Joanna Fiona Rich – Artist Crawford – Fiona continues to Student inspire our budding Joanna has young artists on a enjoyed Saturday afternoon. working with Fiona is about to our become a Mum for the volunteers second time. Congrats and and good luck accompanying Jo to various events.
Celebrity RevealAh you thought we had Introducing Finlay and Ianforgotten, but in truestorytelling fashion The fabulous and talentedthere needs to be a yurt builders extraodinaire.build up of excitementandanticipation!!!!!!!!!!!!And here they are………Who needs theHAIRY BIKERSwhen the Village hastheir very ownHAIRY YURTERS
Board of DirectorsThis year we have said goodbye And Welcome toto some of our long standingboard members. Andy MallinA huge thank you for Claire Burgessall the support and hard workover the years Clare McKinstryAnna Thomson Emma InglisAnne Francis Lesley DavidsonBrian Patterson Londi BeketchCathie Arbuckle Lorraine IrvineIan Hamilton And let’s not forget existing members Debbie Nelson, John Mann, June Couper,Louise Goodall Margaret Thompson and Mary Hamilton
And Finally Tbank you to all the people who make this organisation the exciting and successful venture that it isOur Service Users Our Partner OrganisationsOur Funders Our VolunteersOur Board of Directors Our Staff It’s all about TEAM WORK