Storytelling improves the delivery of public services to homeless people

BT boom 2In 2005 the Economic Development and Transport Committee of the Welsh Government published a report on worrying levels of economic inactivity in Wales, which remain significantly higher than the UK average. 

The Committee pointed out that the economically inactive people face both internal and external barriers to gaining employment and recommended a ‘people-based’ approach to the issue.

The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling (GEECS) explored how storytelling and digital media can address key socio-economic challenges and bring about change by renewing understanding of different lives and voices.  It significantly contributed to improve the delivery of public services for homeless people whilst promoting an understanding of disadvantaged and marginalised individuals. 

ymcaWith the Who Do You Think I Am? project, researchers explored ways of working with a broadly economically inactive group, the homeless, using personal narrative and digital technology. They challenged stereotypes and build self-esteem and confidence, which, in the medium to long term, contributed to the employability of this group. The project had a direct impact on venerable young people’s opportunities and ability to imagine a better future. It also benefited the professionals and organisations to better understand and meet the needs of marginalised people.

Supported by Wales Government and the YMCA Housing Association, the project resulted in the presentation of short narrative films written by young homeless people in Cardiff. Residents at Cardiff YMCA Housing Association used their personal stories to promote positive images of the homeless and to explore the role of storytelling and digital media in addressing key socio-economic challenges.

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The Faculty brings together the creative disciplines within the University. This diverse, multidisciplinary grouping supports a rich cultural and scholarly environment, and provides specialist and hybrid undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree programmes. 

The Faculty has a number of world-class visiting professors from a variety of disciplines. - Recording studios with industry standard digital mixing desks using Pro Tools - Music rehearsal rooms - HDTV studio - Film production studios - Dubbing studio, complete with vocal booth - Digital computer games design and animation production suites - Darkroom facilities with black and white and colour darkroom and printing processing and printing faciliites - Photographic studios complete with overhead lighting - Purpose built dance studio with sprung floor and audio recording facilities, suitable for rehearsals and performances Adobe accredited training in Photoshop and Premier Pro Bespoke and in-house courses are available

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