We all have a story and the story of ‘What Matters to You’ is the story we want you to share. Macmillan Scotland are working with Scottish Book Trust to create digital stories about what matters to people affected by cancer.
Why are we running these workshops?
Macmillan want to listen deeply and gather stories. We want to get services and support right and the only way we can do that is to listen.
We want to understand what’s made a difference to you. It could be something big, it could be the simplest act of kindness, it could be your experiences during COVID-19 but it will matter to you. Everyone has a story and your story is important - if it helps one person or one hundred.
Where and when will the workshops take place?
Due to Covid our workshops will take place online and are available free to people affected by cancer. The workshops will be co-hosted by Morag MacLean from Macmillan Cancer Support and Chris Leslie from Scottish Book Trust, and our freelance storyteller Paul Bristow also runs workshops. Our small groups will meet once a week for 2 hours over a seven week period. We will use online video conferencing software, and we’ll support you if you haven't used it before. There is a lot of support so dont worry about the technical stuff, its the sharing of the stories that's important.
Email the Macmillan Engagement Team to ask for more information: WMTYScotland@macmillan.org.uk.
We have regular introductory taster sessions where you are welcome to join us for a session, lasting 1.5 hours. This is an opportunity to find out more about digital storytelling and the online workshops we run, watch digital stories and have a chat about them, then try some activities. It's a chance to see if the workshops are for you.
What is a digital story?
Digital storytelling is a simple, honest and authentic way for people to share experiences.
Have a look at Moira's story Working on the Inside: It's not selfish to look after yourself.
Watch Moira's story here
What will we do in the workshops?
We’ll spend the first session getting to know each other, watching and chatting about some digital stories, and gathering ideas for our own stories. After this, we’ll share stories in pairs or groups, and we’ll support you to write your story, and create a finished video using simple digital tools. Finally, we’ll share and celebrate the finished stories within the group. You will be able to decide then if you will let us share your story with others.
Watch Moira's experience of the Digital Storytelling Workshops here
Will I need equipment?
As long as you have a computer, laptop or tablet with an internet connection, you’ll be able to take part.
Don’t let cancer become the ‘Forgotten C’
. Join one of our storytelling workshops by completing your information on the next page or contact Macmillan Engagement Team on WMTY@macmillan.org.uk.