Story-telling event at Burnley care home

A head for tales, Bupa resident Charles Thomas (89)

A head for tales, Bupa resident Charles Thomas (89)

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Residents in care homes in Burnley are to tell-a-tale or two as part of plans to mark National Storytelling Week next week.

Celebrated each year, National Storytelling Week aims to increase awareness of the value of sharing stories.

Dove Court Residential and Nursing Home in Burnley is hosting a storytelling event on Friday, February 3rd, and is inviting members of the community along to help revive the lost art of storytelling.

Pupils from Ridgewood School have already stepped up and will be joining residents.

Dove Court Residential and Nursing Home manager Ellen Pepper said: “We are going to be bringing classic stories alive so everyone is welcome to join us, whether that’s to share a favourite story or enjoy listening to other tales and fables.

“A good read is such a valuable activity, no matter what age you are, because it inspires imaginations and brings other worlds to life. Especially for our residents, storytelling can bring back lots of childhood memories and helps to capture these happy moments.”

Over 300 care homes are helping mark National Storytelling Week and Bupa has also launched a poetry and short story competition to help residents share their memories.

Supporting Bupa’s plans is The Reader’s Organisation, a charity that brings people together for “read aloud” sessions and which promotes the link between reading and wellbeing.

Among the stories and poems being shared, residents and visitors will also be able to read from “Poems to Take Home”, a collection of poems for reading out loud which have been chosen by members of the charity’s Get Into Reading groups.

Katie Clark, older people’s project manager for The Reader Organisation, commented on the plans and the benefits for older people. “The link between reading aloud and wellbeing has been well researched, and storytelling can be very therapeutic for older people,” she said.

“It’s very fitting that Bupa’s care homes have tied their activities in with National Storytelling Week to promote the benefits of reading and joining in storytelling – we hope as many people as possible will get involved.”

Anybody interested in attending or taking part in a Bupa storytelling event should call 0845 600 4622 or email storytellingweek@bupa.com.