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I am passionate about:
Putting the voices of communities at the heart of shaping services provided for them. The role of arts and heritage in supporting people to ask and answer the big questions - personally and for society.
A little known fact about me is:
I am a maker, especially with textiles - quilting, knitting, sewing. And I like superheroes.
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I specialise in widening participation in arts and heritage: helping people find what resonates with them in a cultural encounter, the thing that will make a positive, meaningful impact in their lives. My work empowers organisations to put audience voices at the heart of shaping services through strong partnerships, consultation, co-creation and creativity.
I am interested in human-centred design; I have seen it used to empower a local community to literally build their own museum. As a maker and an empathiser it chimes with my values and experience. I'd love to work with others to do more.
This is a great idea. I have recently done some research into the power of storytelling for a client…some reflections that might help: Stories are safe places for children to learn about and confront challenging concepts. Having the support of a storyteller means they share this with someone and don't confront it alone. A storyteller 'models' a response to a story - children learn from their behaviour and reactions. Stories help children develop narrative and 'oracy' skills - the ability to relate an experience. This is helpful for processing things that happen to you, either verbally or internally.