The event will take place on Monday 25th March from 7:30pm and will centre on people being given the space to share their experience of issues like social isolation, discrimination and poverty and how charity and voluntary organisations have touched their lives.
Lily Asch, Real Talk Founder, said: “We are so excited about our collaboration with EVOC and Mind the Craic. We’ve been working with a group of individuals, including both service users and support workers, to empower them in crafting a 10 minute story about some part of their journey.
“The process has included two storytelling workshops and will culminate in an intimate performance at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.
“This will allow all who attend to gain greater insight into to what works and what doesn’t for service provision in Edinburgh, to hear true stories and to join in meaningful conversation on the research findings.”
The event forms part of Mind the Craic research project which was was initiated in June 2018. Since then the voices of over 1000 people from disenfranchised groups including people affected by issues like social isolation, mental health issues and discrimination have been gathered.
Virginia Bjertnes, Mind the Craic Project Worker, said: “After hearing all the different experiences during the research, it felt right to provide a setting for sharing and discussing these experiences.
“The event that will convey people’s voices in a lively way and bring depth to the report, contribute to an understanding of the feelings and lived experiences in a way that is accessible for all.”
It is hoped that findings from the research, which is due to be launched as a report an accompanying documentary will raise awareness around social issues in the city and provide a solid base of evidence for the importance of investment in prevention and early intervention.
The Mind the Craic project is an initiative by EVOC in partnership with Volunteer Edinburgh and Edinburgh’s Third Sector Strategy Group (TSSG). This storytelling event will be held in partnership with Real Talk, a social enterprise dedicated to helping people share their experience of mental ill health and celebrating the authenticity of those experiences.
The event is free, but tickets are required. To book please visit https://realtalkmindthecraic.eventbrite.co.uk.