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Creative Life Story Work

A new approach to working with care-experienced children and young people.

Creative Life Story Work combines activities facilitated by professional artists with therapeutic life story work, to help children and young people better understand their own life stories.

You can access lots more information and resources relating to Creative Life Story work at www.creativelifestorywork.com.

Blue Cabin has worked with South Tyneside Council, Darlington Borough Council and Gateshead Council to roll out this new approach and improve the lives of care-experienced children and young people in these areas.

We’re now inviting other local authorities to get in touch to find out about using the Creative Life Story Work model.

What are the benefits?

  • Creative Life Story Work helps children and young people gain a better understanding of their own experiences and form stronger relationships with the adults in their lives.
  • There is no national guidance for delivering life story work and this project puts in place a framework local authorities can follow, backed up by expert support.
  • This new approach has the potential to inform work across the UK.
  • Most importantly, Creative Life Story Work aims to improve the lives of care-experienced children and young people.

Creative Life Story Work - All About Me Creative Experiences

In this short video young people, foster carers and staff from Local Authorities in Darlington, Gateshead and South Tyneside explain what an All About Me Creative Experience is.

Find out more

We would love to talk with you about using Creative Life Story Work in your local authority.

Email us on hello@wearebluecabin.com to arrange a cuppa and a conversation.

Partners

“The sharing stone helps me to talk about my feelings, so when I am playing with it, my [carer] knows that I want to talk about something.”

Care-experienced child

“I believe that this innovative partnership will be the blueprint for consistent life story work across the country.”

Professor Richard Rose, Therapeutic Life Story Work International.

“[The programme has] made me realise my worth.”

Young person

“The new model has already shown how a more creative approach can encourage young people to explore their emotions, which in turn has a positive impact on their relationships with the adults in their lives.”

Councillor Gary Haley, Gateshead Council

“He had this whole new vocabulary around how he was feeling and his foster carer said he’d started to open up in a way he had never done before.”

Local authority staff member

“I could speak more honestly and openly about stuff because now I know what to say […] like before all I could say was like, well I’m in care, I didn’t really know what to say about my family, but now I feel like I can.”

Young person

Access our Creative Life Story Work website:

You can access lots more information and resources relating to Creative Life Story work at www.creativelifestorywork.com

Listen to our podcast:
Listen to the Creative Life Story Work podcast here.

Join our mailing list:
Sign up to receive monthly updates on Creative Life Story Work news and resources here: http://eepurl.com/h90tcn

Get in touch:
Email us on hello@wearebluecabin.com to find out about using Creative Life Story Work in your local authority.