West End Community Storytelling Group

In 1995 West End Community House conducted a community education survey in the area. The results indicated that there were quite a number of people interested in learning storytelling skills. I was asked to run two community workshops. These were well attended and the participants indicated that they were keen to continue meeting on a regular basis.

It was decided to meet fortnightly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month 7:30pm at West End Community House in Norfolk Road. It has continued regular storytelling evenings and storytelling workshops from that date. A gold coin admission donation has helped meet expenses such as tea, coffee and biscuits and an annual Christmas part.

The group has had a range of activities since its inception. Usually however the storytelling evenings are a sharing of personal stories around a chosen theme. There have also been storytelling workshop evenings to develop skills and encourage new members.

One factor important in the ongoing success of the group has been regular assistance to those needing transport to get to the meetings. West End Community House has helped provide regular publicity and mailouts to members.

Apart from its regular fortnightly storytelling evenings, West End Community Storytelling Group has been involved in a range of different community projects and activities including:

West End Community Multicultural Story Project - a collection of oral history stories from a wide range of individuals about living in West End. Stories from this project contributed to the 'Crossing Boundaries' web site, a part of the BCC 'Brisbane Stories' site

Windows on West End - a series of public storytelling evenings with an invited panel of locals telling stories around specific topics such as 'Stories with a View' and ' West End Schooling - Caring, Class, Cuts and Culture'
West End Busking Festival - a one day street festival involving local amateur and professonal buskers initiated by the West End Community Storytelling Group.

Storytelling Group Outreach Project - taking the group out to community venues such as:
- Inala Community Gallery
- a local supported accomodation common room
- the St. Vincents Hostel for Men
eMotional Stories - a refugee support fundraising storytellathon

'Gabbing with Chords - stunning stories and striking songs' - a combined refugee support fundraising concert with the Combined Union Choir.
West End Digital Stories - 2006 - a digital storytelling skill building and community development project leading to the production of a DVD of digital stories

West End Story Spaces - 2008 - a skill and confidence building project in using web2 publication applications such as blogs, podcasts and social networking sites.


This ongoing exploration of story related projects and activities has helped maintain the group and to assist individual members to participate in a wider range of other community activities.

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2002 Daryll Bellingham. One copy of the above notes are available for your personal use for developing your storytelling skills. If you would like to copy them or publish whole or in part please seek my permission.

Daryll Bellingham, Storyteller
P.O. Box 5300, West End, Q4101, 
Brisbane, Australia
Tel. 61 (0)7 3846 3135
Mob. 0417 478408
Email. mail@storytell.com.au 
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