"Stories… we all have them… no matter what age we are or where we come from. Stories are our common language. Telling stories helps us to express who we are, share our experiences and connect with others. When we listen to someone’s story, we are taken on a journey, automatically linking this with our own emotions and experiences. In this way sharing stories helps us to understand ourselves and each other, encouraging empathy and respect. Stories also have the power to inspire others."
Storylines is a Community Interest Company based down in Cornwall, which runs creative projects, workshops and events that covers a range of sectors that include social, cultural, health and heritage. Storylines supports people, organisations and communities to unearth and share these stories through projects, digital storytelling, oral history, workshops, interpretation, training and consultancy and make people’s stories accessible through exhibitions, screenings, workshops, social media, audio walks, events, displays and presentations.
The companies aim of the projects is to help foster new relationships between people of all ages, building stronger, more resilient communities. Storylines provides opportunities to address the ever growing isolation and loneliness of many older people by providing friendship, support, and raising self-esteem through encouraging intergenerational exchanges.
A digital story are a short, accessible films that feature a first-hand story, typically 3-4 minutes long during which you hear a personal story, voiced by that person, at the same time as seeing a series of images that illustrate it. The process of working with someone to create a digital story can be extremely powerful and therapeutic and is just as important as the outcome, focusing on remaining supportive and sensitive. I thought it was important to look into this company to highlight the importance of community engagement in giving voice to individuals in the local community and encouraging narrative exchanges and highlighting shared experiences in a safe environment.