Making Space for Stories

NHS Lothian has teamed up with the Scottish Storytelling Centre to host a special storytelling event, Space for Stories. The event looks at the Life and Work of Tim Stead and takes place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh on 24 September at 2.00pm

The free event is part of a partnership project aimed at exploring narrative as a medium for personal and community development for people with experience of mental health and well being problems, and is open to anyone with an interest in mental health and well being, including service users and their families, friends and carers.

Guests are invited to join storyteller Marion Kenny for an exclusive opportunity to view the Tim Stead collection, allowing them to discover and experience the power of stories inspired by his sculpture and poetry.

Linda Irvine, Programme Manager said;

"The benefits of the role of the arts and creativity in promoting positive mental health and well-being is well known and we are delighted to be part of this event."

Storyteller Michael Williams said;

"Stories entertain, teach and inspire. Sharing stories with one another brings us closer together creating a sense of community in our difference, encouraging us to talk and listen to one another. Learning to tell stories is empowering and helps raise self-confidence as well as improving communication skills.

This event is part of a partnership project with Lothian's Joint Mental Health and Well-being Programme. The wider Space for Stories project, which involves a series of storytelling workshops at the Orchard Clinic in Edinburgh, the Soutra Day Unit in Haddington and Artlink Central in Stirling is supported by funding from the Scottish Arts Council's ArtFull initiative.

Kate Craik, National Development Officer at ArtFull said;

"I'm delighted that the Storytelling Centre and NHS Lothian have teamed up to create and host what promises to be a really fascinating event inspired by artist Tim Stead's poetry and sculpture. ArtFull's aims are all about building partnerships, increasing participation and supporting quality artistic practice within the field of arts, mental health and wellbeing, something this project does with abundance."

To reserve a place contact Linda Irvine on 0131 536 9095 or contact the Scottish Storytelling Centre on 0131 556 9579.