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.

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

Funder

“Just go with it, open your mind and put aside all the traditional thoughts about life story work. You won’t look at life story work in the same way ever again if you become involved.”

Joanne Stoddart, Head of Service, Darlington Borough Council.

"Working with Blue Cabin is one of the best decisions we have ever made."

Shona Gallagher, Head of South Tyneside Children’s Services.

“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.

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

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