Stories to connect with: disadvantaged children creating phygital community objects to share their life-narratives of resilience and transformation

Lead Research Organisation: University of Central Lancashire
Department Name: Sch of Education and Social Sciences

Abstract

This project is a collaboration between Barnardo's, children and young people who are active in Barnardo's services, academics from five disciplines at two universities, and well-known children's authors. The core group of Barnardo's young people will be trained as co-researchers to collect stories from other children and young people who access Barnardos services about their lives and experiences of overcoming adversity. The stories elicited from children will inevitably draw on their own 'funds of knowledge' (Gonzalez et al 2005), giving credence to their own experience and encouraging others to empathise. We expect the consequent building of social capital via authorship and dissemination to contribute to young people's capacity in accessing and improving services. This process will be carefully managed with input from trained care workers and community researchers. The stories will be refined and revised in workshops with well-known children's authors (Melvin Burgess and Adele Geras) who have agreed to participate in the project (Burgess has adopted a 'found fiction' approach in 'Kill All Enemies' 2011). The resulting stories will be inspirational for other children and young people and their families, some of whom would benefit from Barnardo's or other children's services. In order to connect with these other families, the stories will be transcribed, re-written, narrated, and placed in phygital (physical-digital) objects, designed by the young storytellers themselves in collaboration with digital design academics from Lancaster University Imagination Lab. The phygital artefacts, which might vary in size and take any form as determined by the C&YP (e.g. a hand-held animal, a life-size tree, a dustbin, a wizard), will be located in positions in the community identified by the participants and Barnardo's as having the most potential for impact on a wider audience. The stories will have the potential to be interactive, personalised and take the form of written and/or spoken language.
Working within an appreciative philosophy, the children and young people will generate their own stories and elicit affirmative stories from other CYP reflecting their resilience, strengths and achievements in negotiating the challenges of their particular and often difficult circumstances. These 'stories to connect with' will act as counter-narratives to those which usually circulate about children in contact with and 'on the edge' of engaging with children's social services and will challenge preconceptions and assumptions about people who access services, both in the media and in children's literature (Dahl 1993; Booktrust 2006). Placing these stories within bespoke objects which in themselves connect and challenge other people will enable the stories to travel outside of the social, geographical and political locale in which they have been produced and to connect more widely in both the virtual and physical world. It is our belief that being 'on the edge' creates a particular context and potential energy and that the CYP's phygital story objects can act as pores in the boundaries of the 'edge' through which communication can take place and lead to a softening of the boundaries between different elements of the same geographical community.
The phygital artefacts will be trialled and evaluated by members of the public in at least three different community settings: a school; a shopping centre; and a Barnardos centre. The refined artefacts will then be launched at a community event, before being located (semi-)permanently in areas considered by the whole team to be the most effective for disseminating the stories to diverse audiences within the community.

Planned Impact

The immediate beneficiaries of the research will be the participants themselves, in terms of increase in confidence and self-esteem, and their wider communities in terms of knowledge and understanding. We hope to increase knowledge about and participation in Barnardo's services specifically, and children and families with whom Barnardo's work will benefit directly from the artefacts produced. Through increasing the effectiveness of the charity's work, children and their families will benefit. We hope to increase empathy and understanding within and beyond the community involved in the research, and outputs will also be disseminated further to children in schools and libraries. During the research, a local school will take part in a workshop where the phygital artefacts will be trialled, providing an exciting educational experience. Similarly the general public at a shopping centre, and Barnardos users at one of their centres will benefit from taking part in evaluation of the phygital artefacts. At the end of the project the phygital artefacts will be 'liberated' at an event designed and organised by the whole team. This will take the form of a phygital story festival, a 'smart mob' style event, or an exhibition of the phygital artefacts in a community location, where members of the public will be able to interact with them. Thereafter, the artefacts will be physically located in the community according to the mapping developed by the CYP participants. This final stage of the project will have a lasting impact in that the artefacts will continue to influence the public, including those 'hard-to-reach' because of the strategic placing of the artefacts.
Barnardo's workers will benefit from further understanding of issues affecting children in their care, from the direct perspective of the child.
Other third sector workers will benefit from sharing the methodological and procedural insights gained in carrying out the project with disadvantaged children and young people in community settings. We will communicate these through ongoing updates and publicity about the project on Barnardo's and university websites, via conferences, and articles in practitioner journals.
Academics will benefit from understanding ways of working with children, young people and charities, communicated through university networks and the Connected Communities programme, as well as academic articles and conferences.
We will make recommendations to government departments regarding children's participation in shaping services that they access. As the government states: "Effective participation gives children and young people the opportunity to make a positive contribution to their communities and to develop the skills, confidence and self-esteem they will need for the future. (...)Involving children and young people in the planning, delivery and evaluation of services that affect their lives is not only likely to improve services, but also helps in developing confident, engaged and responsible citizens." (DoE website).
To this end we will communicate our findings to the Department for Education and the Office of the Children's Commissioner through written reports. We also intend to report to the National Literacy Trust and the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education in relation to our findings concerning children's multimodal literacy and uses of stories.
Book and e-book publishers will be interested in our findings regarding understanding the current and future audience of stories, and the potential for using phygital design as a means of communicating narratives. We will make our findings available to the publishers of our consultant authors for the development of future projects.
Businesses wishing to exploit the possibilities of phygital design in a variety of contexts will benefit from the knowledge and understanding which we will convey through our impact activities.
 
Title 40 co-created Stories to Connect 
Description Written stories co-produced by the Stories2Connect team, disadvantaged young people, writers, and illustrators. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Stories have had a notable impact on the young people involved, as evidenced in the evaluation interviews we have carried out. The stories are currently being formatted as storybooks as well as videos, available on the website. Audiences who have interacted with the stories have commented on how informative the stories are about issues faced by young people, and how useful the stories could be for children with learning disabilities and those who work with them. 
URL http://stories2connect.org/our-stories-2/
 
Title Interactive Stories2Connect Map 
Description Interactive map designed by the S2C young people, and reproduced by an artist. The map is digitally interactive through use of an App on a phone or iPad, allowing stories embedded in different areas of the map to be viewed on the device. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The map has been shown at various events, and trialled with schoolchildren. The reach will be significant when the app is made freely available later in 2018. 
 
Title Moving Up 
Description 8 minute Animation created in collaboration with Stories2Connect team, about moving from primary to secondary school for children with autism. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The animation was shown in part at a conference in Vancouver, Canada, and led to a connection with researchers in Bristol, UK, which has since been followed up. 
 
Title Rizwan Story 
Description A film of a deaf-blind boy, representing a day in his life at school. The film was created by Film students at University of Central Lancashire who researched the topic, visited the school, conducted interviews, and created the film as a project for their coursework. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact We have shown the film to groups of schoolchildren at the Science Festival 2017, and via phygital artefacts which contain the film at a range of events. The impact so far has been to raise awareness of life without sight or hearing in audiences of children and adults. The team of students who made the film remarked on how they had learnt about children with special needs and the importance of communication in all children's lives. This was repeated by others who have viewed the film so far. 
 
Title Stories 2 Connect: a group game for children, young people and adults 
Description This is group game designed to help people tell, direct and hear stories about children and young people's experiences of overcoming life's challenges. Players interact with the contents (character questions; challenges characters face; opportunities that help characters overcome challenges; people who help characters overcome challenges; ways characters help themselves overcome challenges and goals that characters achieve) to generate new stories. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Two stories from this game have been turned into mini books, available on our website. Workers who interacted with the game said it provided meaningful and safe ways for Young people to talk about difficulties without having to talk about themselves. The game is undergoing design so that it can be widely distributed through youth services and social servies, and impact on young people's wellbeing is anticipated. 
 
Title Stories to Coonect With Rabbit in Hat 
Description Animated elctronic rabbit in Hat which includes screen and NFC reader.Videos are triggered by toughing the rabbits nose which NFC magic wand 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The Rabbit has been demonstrated at a number of the events listed in portfolio 
 
Title Stories2Connect Games Machine 
Description A digital arcade machine built to showcase stories from the project 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact This device was resident in a Barnados shop in Lancaster for 2 weeks, and had a number of users interact with it and watch the stories. 
 
Title Stories2Connect Suitcase 
Description This artefact detects different objects when they are placed onto a portal and then plays the associated story of that object. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact The artefact has been taken to several events where people have had the opportunity to interact with it and watch their stories. These events showed an appreciation for both the form and function of the artefact. 
 
Description We have established the importance of working with children and young people using a participatory methodology. In particular we have developed a method for writing collaborative fiction which reflects the lives of young people living with a range of disabilities and challenges. Through our peer-conducted interviews we have established sets of themes which represent specific challenges, barriers, and enablers, that young people face, from their own perspective. These themes have been embodied in fictional stories which are designed to be accessible to a wide audience, particularly including children and young people. The stories can therefore be used by professionals working with disadvantaged groups, both to inform, and to provide a source of emotional support.
Exploitation Route The Stories to Connect research team has joined with another Connected Communities project to share experiences and insights into collaborative fictional writing. The result will be a guide to working in this way. The findings can also inform other groups who would benefit from the uses of collaborative fiction as a way to make connections and help to ease problems encountered in everyday life.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://stories2connect.org
 
Description We have engaged a number of disadvantaged young people in our research to date. They are from a variety of groups including youth clubs, children's charities participation groups, colleges, schools. The core group of young people have been positively impacted by the research, resulting in increased confidence, communication skills, and independence, as verified by accounts from those close to them. We have exhibited the creative artefacts and stories in museum and library spaces, also a public cafe and railway station, all open to the general public. The stories in book and video format have been used with schoolchildren and trainee teachers and social workers, and more work in this area will be completed as the stories are finalised.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Influence on Japanese Alternative Report to the United Nation's Committee on the Rights of the Child
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Membership of Advisory Panel for PAG project
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Bursaries for community member and student for C2UExpo
Amount $2,859 (CAD)
Organisation Simon Fraser University 
Sector Academic/University
Country Canada
Start 05/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Description Connected Communities Catalyst Funding Scheme
Amount £2,968 (GBP)
Funding ID R202080CF1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2017 
End 05/2018
 
Description Daiwa - Anglo Japan
Amount £7,000 (GBP)
Organisation Daiwa Foundation Small Grants 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description National Collaborative Outreach Programme
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Funding Council for England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 01/2019
 
Description National Teaching Fellowship Award
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Higher Education Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 03/2020
 
Description UoA29 Bid Fund, UCLan
Amount £2,096 (GBP)
Organisation University of Central Lancashire 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Title Collaborative Fiction methodology 
Description We have worked in a participatory paradigm to creation fictional story outputs with young people with disabilities. The methodology can be used for the benefit of other young people and will provide resources for professionals in social work and teaching. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Enquiries from colleagues at conferences about our methods. Further funding was received from AHRC for a Catalyst event, bringing together academics and community writers from two Connected Communities projects. A 'guide' to this methodology will be produced. 
URL http://stories2connect.org
 
Title Steps 2 Stories 
Description This is a research training tool providing an approach to peer-led interviewing, originally created by Cath Larkins, then adapted by young people involved in The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation. Through Stories to Connect with, the method has been refined further to include content on story elicitation. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This method has been refined to local contexts and used to train disabled young people in Japan. These young people are currently conducting their own research using this peer-led approach. This is the first reaserch of its kind in Japan. We anticipate that findings from it will be reported to the United Nation's Committee on the Rights of the Child in November 2018. 
 
Description Barnardos 
Organisation Barnardo's
Department Barnardo's Lancashire
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Working with Barnardo's workers and young people - increasing participation of young people in research which is directly about them and their lives and experiences. We have provided training for the young people as researchers on the project.
Collaborator Contribution Helping us to understanding collaborative participatory working. Helping us to fulfil the aims of our research.
Impact Ongoing collaboration in collecting stories.
Start Year 2015
 
Description J-UK 
Organisation J. F. Oberlin University
PI Contribution Cath Larkins, together with two of the young researchers who were trained through Stories to Connect with, delivered training in Tokyo to colleagues in Oberlin University and a speacial needs college. They are now collaborating, together with a further 6 of the Stories to Connect with researchers, to conduct comparative research on the rights of disabled Young people in Japan and the UK. Cath Larkins leads the programme of research and has delivered additional training on youth-led data analyis.
Collaborator Contribution Oberlin colleagues and young people from the special college have conducted 30 interviews with other young people. they have just attended further training in the UK (7-10 March 2018) and will now start on data analysis.
Impact The outcome to date has been to inform the Japanese report to the UN Committee on the Rghts of the Child. Social awareness of child led reseach and the potential for creative methods to enable children to name difficult issues has been raised with adults attending the training. The prject is multidisciplinary - Las (Oberlin University), politics and social work (UCLan) and graphic design (Independent Children's Illustrator in Japan).
Start Year 2017
 
Title App for Map 
Description The app will eventually be freely available for download but is currently being updated. It will allow films of stories to be accessed via the map using a mobile phone or iPad. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Demonstrations of the app with audiences including members of the public, professional practitioners, and children and young people have elicited very positive reactions both to the effect of accessing stories in this way, and the stories themselves. 
 
Description Connected Communities Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion.
Initiated meetings with other academics as a result - e.g. Profs Kate Pahl, Angie Hart, Sarah Banks.

Sarah Banks asked me to write a case study based on the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Lancashire Participation Network meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact I attended a meeting of the Lancashire Participation Network to publicise the Stories to Connect project, and to connect with youth workers and third sector workers with access to disadvantaged young people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Lancaster University Community Day May 6 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On May 6th 2017, Lancaster University held a Community Day to showcase research going on at the university. Two of the researchers on the project presented phygitals and stories produced for Stories to Connect as part of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Lancaster Words Festival 8th July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lancaster Words Festival was organised by Lancaster University Creative Writing department. Stories to Connect was invited to run a workshop/publicity event to showcase the phygitals and stories. Members of the young researcher team attended, as well as academic researchers from UCLan and Lancaster University, and Melvin Burgess read a story he had written for the project. The audience of general public and students was very interested in the project, directed questions to the young researchers and other presenters, and sampled the stories and the phygitals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/lancaster-words/
 
Description Literacy Research Discussion Group - Literacy Research Centre, Lancaster University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation at the Literacy Research Centre discussion group, followed by a discussion with academics and postgraduate students from Lancaster University and other regional institutions. The audience was interested and wished to see more information and visit the installation at Lancaster Town Library which will take place in July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/literacy-research-centre/discussion-group/
 
Description Meeting with SCBWI representative 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Meeting with SCBWI representative about the project, to initiate engagement of writers and illustrators from across the North West of England in writing and illustrating stories from the project. As a result of this initial engagement, approximately 15 writers and illustrators became involved in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Social workers and youth workers re content and distribution of phygitals 9.2.17. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose was to consult with youth workers and social workers about the content of the stories being constructed, and the design and location of the phygital artefacts that will be produced. This consultation is crucial to ensuring that the outputs from the project - both stories and phygital artefacts - are suitable for the intended audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with charity participation lead about stories and phygitals 7.2.17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A meeting with the charity participation lead to discuss the content of stories and the placing of phygitals in order to ascertain the most suitable stories to tell and the best ways of telling them to have maximum impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with children's author about possible expansion of team 1.2.17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We met with a children's author to consider ways of distributing and co-constructing stories from the data already held..
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with local authority participation lead about content of stories and design of phygitals 27.1.17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The local authority participation lead was consulted about the stories under construction for the project, and the design of the phygitals to distribute the stories.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Narrative Matters Conference (Victoria, Canada) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented a paper on uses of narrative methodology and methods with young people with disabilities.
The conference brought together many academics and students interested in narrative, and a discussion about methods of facilitating story-telling amongst young people about their lives ensued after the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Participation in UK Network for Participatory Researchers meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The presentation was well received and stimulated much discussion afterwards.


Other researchers shared their experiences of working in participatory ways and the ethical dilemmas that can arise from this.
After the event, Candice Satchwell contributed to a guide to be published about dilemmas cafes and their facilitation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation at LitCom1 Conference, Norwich 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I gave a paper at a conference about literature in the community. People attending included third sector organisations, writers, workshop leaders, academics. The paper led to a discussion around literature in the community, co-construction of fiction, the uses of literature in the community, and participatory research. Another conference, meeting, and publications are planned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://connected-communities.org/index.php/events/event/litcom-1/
 
Description Presentation at seminar at Sheffield Hallam University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A seminar in the School of Education at Sheffield Hallam University, presenting to academics and postgraduate students about Stories to Connect. The focus was on the different uses of literacies in story-telling, and enabled links to be made with work in Sheffield (at both universities) and further afield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description S2C project celebration 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact We held a celebratory lunch and afternoon of showcasing phygitals, stories, and the progress of the Stories to Connect project on Saturday 10th March 2018 at UCLan. The celebration followed on from a linked research event in the morning from 10-12am, with visitors from Japan who stayed for the event. The participants also included parents, carers, charity workers, friends of young people. After the lunch we collected evaluation forms which included the following comments: 'I have grown in confidence and I feel like I can tell people my story better.' (young person)
'It has changed my life in multiple ways, such as hearing stories I never thought I would hear so soon.' (young person)
'I think it improved my social skills in a BIG way.' (young person)
'I gained more confidence for reading.' (young person)
'She's gained in confidence, pride and achievement. She has been able to talk more freely to peers and learnt new skills relating to story writing. She has been able to talk about her feelings through her story.' (parent)
'She's becoming more independent and was able to talk more about her feelings re life events.' (parent)
'He has just loved coming. He feels important and that he is doing something of value that will do good.' (parent)
'He is more confident. More tolerant of others and their ideas.' (parent)
'His confidence and belief in himself has changed dramatically and also his interest in other people.' (parent)
'It has helped him feel independent.' (parent)
'The training to interview other people helped him become more confident with interacting with others. He has become more interested in having conversations with others. I think the project has boosted his self-esteem and enabled him to see what he is capable of.' (parent)
'He felt listened to, valued. He loved interviewing people, he also enjoyed explaining what the project hoped to achieve. The idea of telling and sharing stories, it increased his confidence. He felt part of something important.' (parent). The participants also suggested new ways forward for the outputs and future projects. For example, the stories have been recommended by parents and workers as stories that are 'just right' for teenagers or young adults with learning disabilities. One parent said: 'They are all age appropriate, use language that is easily accessible and have themes that would be good to discuss. There is little of this kind available for young adults.' We therefore hope to produce books of collections of the stories for disseminating in schools and colleges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stories to Connect Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Activities and workshops at the Festival informed ways of working with the public, and ways of engaging people in thinking about how stories connect.

Participants at the Festival provided written and oral feedback to say they had enjoyed the activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://stories2connect.org/about/and-so-the-project-begins/
 
Description Stories to Connect team workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The workshops have been held regularly since the beginning of the project in June 2015. They are held regularly fortnightly or monthly, and are attended by 10-15 young people associated with Barnardo's, charity workers, postgraduate students who volunteer to help out, research team members. We also have visitors from other third sector organisations, children's authors, film-makers. The workshops have been used for training the young people as interviewers, collecting interviews from other young people, creating stories using art, drama, and other methods, including visits from children's authors. We have also designed phygital artefacts and discussed where to place them, trialling prototypes and advising on improvements. We discuss a wide range of issues as they arise on the project in the spirit of participatory research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL http://www.stories2connect.org
 
Description Stories to Connect workshop June 15 2917 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact Stories to Connect workshop. Evaluation of stories with young people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk given at Burnley College 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk given by Dr Candice Satchwell at Burnley College, attended by approximately 80 students and staff members. The group engaged in discussion with the issues relevant to the project, and contributed data in the form of short questionnaires.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description The Discovery Trail 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 140 adults and young people attended an ESRC festival of social science event in community venues throughout Preston at which the Stories 2 Connect Phygitals were demonstatrated. Young people at the event gave positive feedback on their understanding of story telling. An artisit reported being inspired to create permanent story telling trail in community venues. Children who engaged with the suitcase phygital artefact as part of a briefing event on Brexit contributed question and concerns about their community and Europe, which were subsequently taken to the European parliament and presented to a MEPs and a member of the Brexit negotiating team. The feedback from the Brexit negotiator was that children's views were passed on to the whole negotiating team. AN MEP reported passing their questions on to the British Ambassador to the EU.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://clok.uclan.ac.uk/20809/1/20809%20We%20are%20still%20waiting%20for%20answers.pdf
 
Description Trust and Mistrust Conference (Durham) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was asked to present a paper about the place of trust and mistrust in participatory research for the event: Exploring issues of Trust and Mistrust: Ethics in Participatory Research, Design, Democracy and Action at Durham University on 17th February 2017. The audience responded with many questions about this type of research, and I made connections with both academics and other practitioners during the day which will lead to future events and collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dur.ac.uk/socialjustice/events/currentevents/trustandmistrust/
 
Description UK Literacy Association Conference (Bristol, UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A conference paper delivered to academics and school teachers about different kinds of literacies engaged in by young people in collecting stories about others' lives. There was a discussion afterwards, and contacts made with a children's author, and two academics at Nottingham University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description UKLA Conference 30 June to 2 July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at UKLA International Conference on 1st July 2017 and attendance at 3 day conference. Engagement with Digital Literacies Special Interest Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ukla.org/conferences/event/ukla-53rd-international-conference-2017#sthash.kYwX4RiW.dpbs
 
Description UKLA/BERA Research Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UKLA/BERA Research Symposium at Sheffield Hallam University. Candice Satchwell gave a talk about Stories to Connect and engaged in discussion with other delegates.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://ukla.org/conferences/event/ukla-research-symposium-2017#sthash.upvif2DK.dpbs
 
Description University seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 20 academics and postgraduate students attended a talk at Stirling University.
I began by spending an hour discussing students' research in relation to my own, and then gave a more formal presentation to a wider group of academics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Valuing the Visual - Literacies conference, Sheffield University July 4th and 5th 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented a paper on Valuing the Visual in Stories to Connect. Also attended several papers by other delegates, and engaged in discussion with colleagues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/education/research/csnl/conf
 
Description Vancouver conference C2UExpo 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Two researchers and two young people - one who accesses a third-sector children's charity and one who is a post-graduate student - attended a conference about Community-University partnerships in Vancouver, Canada 3-5th May 2017. The young people were involved in the project, and played a major part in the presentation we gave about the research. The presentation was very well received and we had many questions from the audience afterwards and during the following events at the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://stories2connect.org/about/proud-moments-from-across-the-globe/
 
Description Visit to Rainbow House - children with disabilities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two members of the research team attended Rainbow House to trial stories and phygitals with some severely disabled children. The school was interested in the project, and the team learnt about the requirements for disabled children to access stories and phygitals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit to Youth Club in Blackburn 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Members of the Stories to Connect project team visited SLYNCS youth club to share progress in the project, and to do story-telling activities with the young people. We created stories with the young people using a variety of activities and took the stories to be written up.
At the second workshop we shared the stories, collated reactions and rewrote the stories to reflect their preferences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Website creation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A dedicated website for the project was created with the aim of connecting and communicating with a wide variety of audiences, including other researchers, practitioners, students, schools, and participants and their connections.
The URL for the website is distributed where possible, and has links to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.stories2connect.org