CUCR is evaluation partner of Silver Stories : a partnership of nine organisations from six countries1, funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (Leonardo) ‘Transfer of Innovation’. It brings together expertise in digital storytelling, education and community engagement to train professionals working with community groups and older people.
This project flows from an earlier pilot, Extending Creative Practice2, in which five of the partners investigated the potential of digital storytelling to engage older people in the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT). Silver Stories is concerned with the training of professionals who work with older people in a range of settings (health, social care, community), and the use of digital storytelling as an innovative and active engagement tool – part of those workers’ professional toolkit, in effect.
Silver Stories begins in December 2013 and runs until September 2015. The progamme will review existing practice in digital storytelling and working with older people, create new module(s) to be tested in pilot workshops in the six participating countries, resulting in the production of an accredited unit that can be incorporated into the current qualification structure within Europe, as well as the creation of up to 180 new digital stories made by older people – themselves a rich data source to inform policy and practice.
The two day meeting included an afternoon workshop which brought together practitioners, academics, students, community/voluntary sector representatives to meet the partners and experts across these agendas from further afield. Focus was to explore the ways in which digital storytelling has been used in a range of health/age-related contexts and contribute to the creative and iterative research process which underpin the Silver Stories journey. Speakers included Dr. Nicole Matthews, Macquarie University, Australia and Pip Hardy and Tony Sumner, Founder Directors of Patient Voices.
Images by Polly Rogers and Claire Levy