At the recent ACSWA Conference delegates were both entertained and inspired by guest-speaker, David Hunt as he passionately promoted the power of story-telling to empower, influence and enrich people’s lives.
David Hunt kept the audience engaged and spell-bound with his own stories. One of these related back to his mother who spent many years working in residential care looking after the elderly residents. She would spend hours listening to their life stories of love, love lost, struggles, successes, desires and dreams. These clients became more than just clients – they became her friends through story sharing.
David emphasised the importance of people being part of their community by really being ‘heard’ whether it was in the interests of advocating social reform, educating the next generation, raising awareness or simply, being validated as a human being. Sharing stories makes this possible.
CommunityWest would like to help cultivate and share the power of storytelling with our service providers. Why not consider sharing your service’s stories. Perhaps you can share a story of how a client is finding their feet as a result of applying the Wellness Approach philosophy. You may have come up with a technique or program that is making a notable difference in the life of your clients.
Share your story to help inspire and motivate others in our sector and beyond.
Sector Development has created a storytelling template to assist you in gathering your story or you can visit our stories webpage to inspire your ideas. We look forward to sharing your valuable story with colleagues via the CommunityWest Newsletter in future editions. Send it to email@example.com together with your contact details so we can acknowledge your contribution.