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    Weʼve raised £1,692 to Fund 'Your Life Your Story' a literary festival bringing care experienced adults together with published authors, artists & poets

    Lancaster, UK
    Funded on Thursday, 13th September 2018

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    Caregiver Amanda Knowles MBE and care experienced Rosie Canning Author and Doctoral Researcher are seeking support to fund this unique ANNUAL EVENT.

    There are a lot of care-experienced people who want to share their stories, for all sorts of reasons. Personal, therapeutic, for family, for history and publication. Your Life Your Story brings care experienced adults and caregivers with literary aspirations together with published authors, artists and poets to reflect and learn the art of storytelling in a therapeutically supported environment.

    A life story is written in pencil, not ink and can be rubbed out and changed. You’re both the narrator and the main character of your story. Even if it is a terrible story, which is hard to share; the act of sharing, writing and rewriting gives a new realisation and possible resolution. That awful sense of being unable to change what went before can suddenly be lifted. For example, a simple act of changing point of view, can suddenly release a narrator and give them a distance and freedom to write their story.

    We can take control of our narratives – our stories, by how they are told, what’s included, what’s left out. We can change the ‘single story’, the single narrative. And the truly exciting thing about this is that you can put out a new version of yourself and live your way into it - Rosie Canning

    The first Your Life Your Story was during Care Leavers Week 2017 brought together 3 published authors and14 care-experienced adults with an age range from 18-59. They were, “extraordinary, and courageous people”... and much more. Inspiring and inspirational. Warm and funny. Resilient. Beautiful human beings giving to the world and living truly exceptional lives.

    MOMENTS..... A young man who didn’t want to hold a pen, let alone write his story, transformed into a confident person who stood up and read out his writing. Watching people change their ‘I’ into ‘he’ or ‘she’, third person narratives and finding their voices and freedom from their pasts. Hearing a woman and mother, give herself the words that meant she finally found the words to write about her inability to honour her mother’s tragic death. Seeing a man doodling his thoughts and feelings suddenly break through to write his first book.

    Your Life Your Story 2018. The story starts now and is written in chalk not ink. Changing the narrative.....



    • Amanda Knowles MBE4 months ago
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      Amanda Knowles MBE

      4 months ago

      Proudly introducing sponsors of Your Life Your Story 2018 with thanks to, Amberleigh Care, Cherry Cottage and Future Horizons. Please add your support....

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      4 months ago

      Please support this unique event....

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    • Phil Hogan-Birse

      Phil Hogan-Birse

      Jul 24, 2018

      Good luck Amanda.Such a worthwhile event.


    • Harriet Sergeant

      Harriet Sergeant

      Jun 16, 2018

      What a wonderful event you have put together. I am more than happy to contribute.


    • Lisa Cherry

      Lisa Cherry

      Jun 13, 2018

      There is literally no better place for the funds raised for No More Labels to go to. Wishing you as successful a 2018 event as 2017 was.Much Love Lisa Cherry and Ant Hodges (No More Labels)


    • David Jackson

      David Jackson

      May 27, 2018

      You did a brilliant job last year Amanda. Proud to have been there. You helped so many. Looking forward to the next one. Make sure i am on the list. Good luck with the fundraising, and chat soon.


    • Alison Trainor

      Alison Trainor

      May 22, 2018

      Good luck with this event Amanda and colleagues. Let us know more as this progresses so we can share updates.


    • Gill Hughes

      Gill Hughes

      May 22, 2018

      From Newlands Hey School / IDEM Living Ltd


    • Chris Aristidou

      Chris Aristidou

      May 21, 2018

      Happy to help

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    Amanda Knowles MBE

    Amanda Knowles MBE

    Lancaster, UK

    I have been a supporter of The Care Leavers Foundation since 2008 and a Director and Trustee of The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities since 2012. I am the daughter of a care experienced father and I have been a caregiver for over 40years.

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