Weʼre raising £10,000 to create a network of media confident storytellers led by people with lived experience of the social issues challenging society today
- London, UK
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In the UK today poverty, modern day slavery, gun and knife crime, mistrust of the justice system, failures in the care system are just some of the massive social challenges affecting our lives. There are people in our communities with first hand experience of the issues around us and with insights and ideas for solutions to create real change.
But are they being listened to? Are their voices being heard?
I don't think they are - at least not adequately enough - so I want to support and amplify these voices to ensure that their expertise and solutions are heard and put into practice.
My name is Jude and I’m crowdfunding to create a network of confident expert storytellers / spokespeople who have lived experience of the pressing social issues that are facing UK society today. They will participate in a specially created FREE programme of training and mentoring to amplify their voices in the media and give them a platform that might not usually be offered to them.
I'm inviting you to help realise this vision and to support their journey. As part of our community you will have a real hand in ensuring diverse voices are central to the national conversation.
Why Me ?
The issues facing UK communities today are keeping me up at night. I know that I am not alone. But what keeps me going are the incredible changemakers I meet through my work who, despite their own circumstances, are working tirelessly to make a difference. People like Steve Zimbo and Dylan, Mandy and Hassan, you can see more stories of them on this YouTube channel
Throughout my life I’ve worked to ensure that the voices of people who might be considered invisible or marginalised are heard. From my early career as a BBC producer and reporter and now through my organisation sounddelivery
I’ve worked to put a spotlight on issues that may go unreported or misreported in the media or stigmatised by the public or not listened to by politicians or commissioners of services. I’ve done this by collaborating with people and communities who have direct experience of the issues and support them to share their stories and insights to ensure they have maximum impact. When their voices are heard and listened to that is when we will discover the solutions they have to tackle the issues that they face.
I’ve been working to find ways that I and like-minded people can make a bigger difference by unlocking the insights of people with direct experience of these issues to ensure their ideas are heard.
I'm inviting you to use your social capital and funds to support the Being the Story network (working title)
How can you help?
By supporting this crowdfunder you will directly be enabling the following:
>Developing their skills and digital know-how:
We are an expert team of storytellers and media trainers. We will deliver a programme of bespoke media and communications workshops and support. Being able to present in public, talk to the media, participate in conversations online, writing blogs, creating vlogs will all be part of the development plan for our expert storytellers.
>Community Building - connecting them to others to strengthen their power:
It can be isolating to embark on a personal ambition to change society. We have fantastic and supportive Being the Story members who want to share their skills and energy. Our feedback is that a sense of community will keep changemakers on track to succeed.
>Mentoring and Buddying
Activism and campaigning work is exhausting and support is vital to ensure their work is sustainable. This will be two fold. Creating the right environment for our cohort to support each other and providing volunteer mentors from the world of media and journalism as an additional sounding board.
>Improving representation and diversity of voice
We create connections to the media and journalists, influencers and policy makers. This programme will make sure that our network is visible and at the centre of conversations.
>Building the confidence in our network of storytellers:
As well as being there to build our storytelling changemakers' skills, we provide valuable soft-skills and pastoral care so that our members grow in confidence. Ready to become the members and influencers of tomorrow.
Up until now I've been trying to get something off the ground through an event called Being the Story which has provided a platform for speakers and have started to make real inroads with our network of journalists but the support is adhoc and to have maximum impact needs to be coordinated and strategic.
The programme pilot will initially support a cohort of up to 25 people from around the country to be part of our wider network. They will participate in a development programme facilitated by digital storytelling experts and media trainers, they will be provided with mentors to support them on a 1-1 basis and will attend events and meet ups all supported by the crowdfunder.
Please join me in being part of this network of storytellers. I can’t do it alone. We can’t do it alone but together we can make it happen and create real ripples of change. Thank you!
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- 5 days ago
Jude Habib5 days ago
We've reached 12% of the crowdfunder which is fab news and I've had lots of positive feedbackfrom people who want to help or get involved. Thanks to everyone who has got in touch. My next milestone is to reach £5k which will then be matched getting the network off the ground. In this video you can see examples of people who've spoken at Being the Story getting different coverage for their work. We'd like to build on these examples and reach a wider audience. https://vimeo.com/304696714
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Dec 6, 2018
Well done and good luck with everything
Dec 3, 2018
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Dec 1, 2018
Great work - keep on keeping on.
Nov 30, 2018
Great idea - good luck Jude x
Nov 29, 2018
Such a great idea, Jude. Story telling is so powerful. I'd happily draw on my Rethink experience to be a mentor to someone who want support to work out how to tell their story on their own terms.
Nov 28, 2018
Bravo Jude, I admire your persistence in pursuing your passion for stories, it works as I have heard with my own ears at Being the Story and at SMEX. Glad to support you.
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About the fundraiser
Hello I'm Jude a BBC trained reporter/producer with over 20 years’ experience of unearthing stories that need to be told. I'm passionate about supporting people with lived experience of big social issues to be their own spokespeople. This crowdfunder aims to realise that.