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We held the second Bristol Ageing Better Storytelling Night in June, which had an intergenerational theme. We had 4 older people sharing their inspiring encounters with people from a different generation to their own.
Four storytellers each spoke candidly about different times and places in their lives, keeping the audience rapt. We feel very privileged for being able to share these stories with you.
In their own words, each person spoke about a meeting which had deeply affected them. Some stories were decades old, while other were more recent encounters. You can check out the first story in the series, told by Ruth, here.
Our second story from the night comes from Patsy, who spoke about the woman who helped her to turn her life around. The audience was in the palm of Patsy's hand as she set the scene, then told of the chance encounter which helped to get her life back on track.
Click play below to hear Patsy’s heart-warming story about the kindness of strangers:
Patsy later set up Women’s Independent Alcohol Support (WIAS), as part of her PhD, which was awarded in 2009. The service developed out of service user led research in Bristol, carried out by Patsy.
Women’s Independent Alcohol Support developed out of service user led research in Bristol, carried out by Patsy Staddon as part of her PhD, which was awarded in 2009. You can find out more about WIAS and Patsy’s remarkable work on www.wiaswomen.org.uk.
Salt Café in Hotwells hosted the event and proved a perfect setting for an intimate storytelling session. Excellent coffee complimented a friendly atmosphere, so thanks to Salt Café for the use of their space.
Thanks is also due to our storytellers, who shared their experiences with the audience on the night and the wider BAB partnership.
We’ll publish the rest of the stories from the storytelling evening in the coming weeks and months. Sign up to our regular updates to make sure you don’t miss them.
The next storytelling evening is coming up in October and we’ll be marking Black History Month. We’re looking for storytellers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds to take part. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re over 50 and interested in taking part.
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