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With this years National Storytelling Week fell on 30 January to 6 February, we wanted to take the opportunity to focus on the stories we tell each other. Stories are everywhere around us, shaping how we see the world and one another. Everyone has a story worth sharing and listening to. Making up fictional stories can also be a wonderful way to exercise the imagination. Find out more about National Storytelling Week and access free resources at the following link.


Combing through our back catalogue, we thought this lovely art tutorial by Keith Ashford – showing you how to make your own suitcase – fit with the theme.  What stories might be told about a suitcase and the objects inside?

The stories we tell about places help determine our sense of them. To that end, we were delighted to recently launch a film version of the Redditch Borough Poem, co-produced with various local groups and supported by Arts in Redditch and Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcome Refugees. We’re really pleased to promote the positive tale the film (which you can watch here) tells of Redditch at a very challenging time for residents.

Sometimes stories – and histories – are painful but all the more important to keep telling for that. We recently marked Holocaust Memorial Day with a virtual event featuring poetry and visual artwork from local school pupils.  Find out more and watch the full event here

In February 2021 our colleagues in Community Safety launched a new online campaign to raise awareness of Black Lives Matter, coinciding with America’s Black History Month. A key part of the campaign is to invite young people to express their views through arts and crafts, poetry, music or any other creative way, to start a discussion and share it online. If you would like help with your campaign ideas or writing social media posts or have enquiries in general please contact Daniela Devaney on

Finally we’d like to promote the online safe space support groups which the Starting Well Partnership have recently launched for transgender young people and their parents/carers. Find out more and register for the young people’s group here and the parents/carers’ group here.