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Openstorytellers is a charity that works to enrich and empower the lives of people who have learning disabilities and autism. We do this through varied work around the telling and sharing of stories, including personal narrative as well as classic stories, using a collaborative approach.

We believe that stories play a major role in building relationships and a personal sense of identity, sharing experience and helping people to participate in society.

Based in our Community Hub in the heart of Frome, Somerset, our work includes work skills and employment support, advocacy and citizenship groups, friendship and life skills projects, multi-sensory storytelling for people with profound disabilities, and, of course, we have ‘The Openstorytellers’ a professional user-led company of storytellers with learning disabilities.

Openstorytellers works with schools, social care and community organisations, festivals and arts projects spreading our message, creativity and positivity through story.

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  • Are you eligible
  • Openstorytellers runs various clubs and projects. Many of these are for young people aged 15+. Openstorytellers regularly runs holiday clubs for children and young people during school holidays. Currently our work covers four main themes: Friendship – managing social relationships and taking part through creative social clubs, music workshops, story sharing circles, film nights and supported entertainment trips. Skills for Independence – supporting individuals with vital life skills such as wellbeing, communication confidence, problem solving, resilience, organisational skills, positive behaviour. Being Part of the Community – speak up groups, citizenship, campaigning, community participation and integration. Work Support – learning transferable work skills to support people into volunteering, employment or social enterprise activity.

  • How to access
  • Openstorytellers is based in the RISE centre in the heart of Frome. We have an accessible building that is all on one level, including accessible toilet facilities.

  • When is it available
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