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StoryShare Launches October 5th, 2020
October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Storytelling Alberta celebrates launch of StoryShare for Calgary seniors
Date: Monday, October 5, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Location: Online – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88014947919
Storytelling Alberta (SA) is partnering with Calgary Seniors Resource Society with generous funding from the Federal Government to deliver a free and friendly story-based outreach program to Calgary and area seniors.
In keeping with its mandate to celebrate and promote the art of oral storytelling, SA assigns a storyteller to a StoryShare request to share a story with a senior by phone. During the subsequent chat, the senior is warmly invited to share an anecdote from their lived history. A volunteer joins the call as a generous, caring community connection with resources at their fingertips to help the senior meet their immediate needs.
“We have heard many wonderful stories from our clients during the pilot project between May and September,” said Doreen Vanderstoop, Storytelling Alberta President and StoryShare Manager. “The lives of Calgary elders have been filled with rich and character-shaping experiences and we are delighted to honour that richness through this project.”
Although the main project was initially set to launch with home visits in April, the pandemic threw a wrench into those plans. The pilot project hit the ground running as StoryShare-By-Phone in May and has delivered over 120 outreach sessions between May and September. The project also boasts 6 Legacy Video Recordings of clients’ stories on the SA YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqoI1d4aWXrT1qbxH8nTT-RMmWvOZLKFi
“The main 18-month project begins Oct. 1 and will continue on during the pandemic largely as the pilot project did,” Doreen noted. “However, we will continue to expand the use of video platforms, plan for in-home visits, and nurture a closer connection between StoryShare volunteers and clients. Once the snow flies, our volunteers will be invited to help with snow shoveling, for example, to build up natural supports in Calgary and area communities.”
To learn more, call Doreen at 403-816-6002. To request or gift a StoryShare session, visit https://storytellingalberta.com/aboutstoryshare or call 587-5 STORY 0 (587-578-6790).
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