Your Life Your Story 2018

Orphans & Care Experience in Literature

This feels like a good week to reflect on the recent Your Life Your Story (YLYS), residential event that was part of this year’s National Care Experienced Week in October.

The story starts now and is written in chalk not ink. We’re changing the narrative.

There is a mountain of research on the healing power of reading and writing. Social Sciences have established that writing about what we are experiencing can reduce physical pain, decrease anxiety and depression and positively addresses a whole heap of PTSD symptoms. It’s a bit like mining for gold – what one person at YLYS called, the Brain dump – you write and re-write sifting the stones and sand from the river bed and keeping your eyes out for those pieces of gold.

A zine by Tamsin Trevorrow

There are many ways to write your story or a narrative. It doesn’t have to be memoir…

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