Theodor’s Garden

Theodor loves working at the horticultural garden. As he nurtures his plants and flowers he is reminded of his mum leaving him as a young child and wishes that she had been around to look after him. Theodor wonders about the different types of support that flowers and people need in order to thrive and Read More …

Happy Talk

Happy Talk was inspired by the experiences of several young people who sometimes have difficulties with communication. They each spoke about some of the challenges that they faced socialising with others during a number of interviews and story-telling events with project researchers. Transcripts of conversations that included references to some of the obstacles they faced were Read More …

Train Alone Day

Train Alone Day was inspired by the experiences of different young people who wanted to achieve greater independence in their lives. Transcripts of conversations that included references to some of the different obstacles young people faced were shared with the author who fictionalised their challenges and triumphs as one coherent narrative. This story is aimed at Read More …

Key

Key was inspired by a young person participating with the project and has been written by one of the Stories2Connect researchers. The material for the story was collected through a series of interviews and story-telling events where the writer observed and talked with ‘Ruby’ about her life and relationships with her family and carers. The Read More …

The Old Armchair

The Old Armchair was written by one of the Stories2Connect researchers in collaboration with a young person participating with the project. The material for the story was collected through a series of interviews and events where the writer observed and talked with ‘Alex’ about his life and future hopes and dreams. This story was written Read More …

Talking to an Octopus

Talking to an Octopus was inspired by a young woman who shared with the Stories2Connect team some of her experiences of feeling frustrated and excluded. Children’s author, Susan Gates, worked with the transcript and developed a humorous story using a combination of real events and fictitious characters to explore more serious issues, such as difficulties Read More …

Dance with a Difference

Dance with a Difference was inspired by the life story of a young woman who shared some of her experiences of living with autism with young researchers at a Stories2Connect story-telling event. After the event, the project team re-worked transcripts of these conversations into an animation brief. UCLan animation students, Max Jordan, Kenny Dean, Natalie Jeffers Read More …

Tall Ships and Small Steps

Tall Ships and Small Steps was written in collaboration with a young person participating in the Stories2Connect project. The material for the story was collected through a series of interviews and events where the writer observed and talked with Jessica (a name chosen by the young person) over a period of many months. Tall Ships Read More …

Purpose and Paws

Purpose and Paws is suitable for a general audience and is especially relevant for children and young people who might face difficulties speaking out about bullying at school. The story was co-created by a young woman participating with the project and the author, Amy Lee Tempest, at a story-making workshop event and is inspired by Read More …

Donna’s Retreat

This is a story about a young woman called Donna who loves animals but finds people confusing. Donna sometimes feels nervous being by herself and wishes that she could be more confident like her friend Swampy. With the help of a furry friend, Swampy helps Donna to realise she already has everything she needs to begin making Read More …