THERE IS NO GREATER AGONY THAN BEARING AN
UNTOLD STORY INSIDE YOU.

Maya Angelou

WHO IS THIS TOOLKIT FOR?

This toolkit is designed for anyone who is interested in the potential and power of story- telling as a tool to improve wellbeing and self-esteem. The exercises and ideas involved have been tested on groups made up of children, young people and adults who could be considered disenfranchised or socially isolated, such as people who are in recovery from alcohol or substance addiction or people who have refugee status or recent experience of migration.

We hope that this toolkit can provide those at the start of their Applied Storytelling practice or those who are interested in beginning to work with marginalised or dis- enfranchised groups with an accessible route into storytelling. For those who are well-established storytellers, we hope that this toolkit can be a reaffirmation of your practice and can offer inspiration, new tools and ideas. Those who join from a com- plementary field, such as social care, psychology, or education, should find exercises which can be incorporated into your existing practice and hopefully new perspectives and approaches to working with people’s expression and imaginations.