Sharing Stories; Sharing Lives

Adult Learning and Skills, Cambridgeshire are working on a ‘Sharing Stories; Sharing Lives’ project. 
This is a project under the umbrella of Erasmus+ cooperation for Innovation, the Exchange of Good Practices and Strategic Partnerships for adult education which has been started on September 1st 2018 and will finish in August 30th 2021.  The proposed project aims to use these principles of storytelling in the development of a training against loneliness.
The main goal of this project is to equip volunteers to facilitate older people to share and tell their (life) story.  Storytelling can help them to make sense of our lives and connect with our social environment. We use stories constantly; to inform, to connect with others or to share our feelings. Stories are used to organize our thoughts, find meaning and purpose and establish a sense of identity in this world.
Adult Learning and Skills, are responsible for creating story-telling training. By working with focus groups of volunteers and older people to help create a training package. We will be focusing on the best ways to phrase questions to elicit stories from people and how to capture the stories effectively using digital tools.

Community Connections South

Community Connections South (CCS) is a partnership designed to improve employment opportunities for people who are furthest from the job market and who are not engaged in existing employment programmes. It targets people who are unemployed, or economically inactive.
The project provides services to help people progress towards employment including informal community learning, structured and accredited learning opportunities, vocational training, coaching and counselling and employment programmes.
It is funded through the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) Programme – funded by the European Social Fund and the The National Lottery Community Fund, through the Big Lottery Fund - and is one of four BBO programmes operating in the Greater Cambridge, Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP) areas.
CCS covers the districts of Huntingdonshire, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridge City, Forest Heath and Bury St Edmunds (Suffolk).