SB109 University Of Cumbria in Lancaster
Digital storytelling is a dynamic and creative tool for engaging young people in reflecting on their own experience and exploring social issues. Easy to make and adaptable to different contexts, digital stories are short films that combine recorded personal narrative with images. As well as creating a platform for individual experience and viewpoints, digital stories can give voice to marginalised groups and be used as a form of advocacy and awareness-raising. It is also a useful technique for capturing and evaluating evidence in youth work.
This session will introduce the digital storytelling methodology and offer some suggestions for how it can be used in different settings with different groups. We will show a variety of short digital stories that have been created during Global Link’s projects and invite you to think about how and why you might want to explore digital storytelling in your own practice.
Nadia Shiraz and Alison Lloyd Williams work at Global Link Development Education Centre in Lancaster, Nadia as a refugee resettlement caseworker and Alison as project manager for the Youth in Progress and Partnership for Equality and Exchange project, which uses digital storytelling with young people from across Europe and West Africa. Global Link has experience of creating digital stories with a diverse range of groups including refugees and asylum seekers, LGB&T people, traveller girls and local youth and community groups.
Lou Andrews works for Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs as their Partnership Development Worker. She has worked with young people in the Lancaster District for 20 years developing arts-based projects on Social Action, Conservation and Community Involvement. She is currently working in partnership with Lancaster University on an 18-month research project to find out what young people think of the world today.