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    Weʼve raised £160 to help fund The Other Island project

    Douglas, Isle of Man
    Funded on Monday, 22nd June 2020

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    The Other Island is a project which gives people living on the margins the opportunity to tell their stories – stories which usually go unheard. We're working with a group of people who have experience of being homeless or in insecure accommodation, living on very low incomes, managing health challenges including addiction, or dealing with difficulties that others aren’t aware of.

    They're working with our team of facilitators in regular creative workshops, over around 3 months, learning the skills to share their experiences in a range of ways. These include storytelling, poetry, reportage, photography and video.

    Their work will be shared via our website and social media, and shows what life in the Island looks like from a different perspective - and how sometimes, just a few twists and turns can result in drastically altered circumstances.

    We've called the project The Other Island because it reflects a very different one from what the 'mainstream' shows. We're building awareness of aspects of Manx culture that are largely invisible, so as to foster compassion and understanding. We’re sure the stories will give real, deeply felt insights into living with extreme challenges - and will reflect the resilience, humanity and humour of our participants. We know that creative expression can have a big impact on a person’s sense of agency and overall wellbeing, and the new skills the participants learn should serve them well in the future.’

    The team of creative leads includes Veronique Mistiaen, an award-winning journalist with extensive experience of similar projects; Janet Lees, a poet and writing for wellbeing facilitator; Jack Bridson, a young videographer and proponent of mental health awareness; and Marianne McCourt, a highly experienced photographer and life coach.

    Michael Manning, Co-Ordinator of Graih, which helps people who are homeless or in insecure accommodation, said:

    ‘One of the difficulties facing people in a small island community is, paradoxically, the silencing that takes place. Voices are not heard and dissent from a well-intentioned desire to present the island as wholly wonderful is not welcomed. Graih has been involved at many levels, over the years, to try and get the stories of the marginal heard. In our experience those on the edges of society grasp their opportunity to tell their stories; it happens so rarely.’

    Thea Ozenturk, of addictions charity Motiv8, added:

    Suffering from addictive behaviours in our small island community can be challenging on multiple levels. Stigma and embarrassment can leave sufferers on the edges of society, often feeling marginalised and unable to express their views. I am confident this initiative will bring about further understanding and tolerance.’

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    • Cat Jenkins2 years ago
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      2 years ago

      We're at Week 5. Our participants are learning the arts of creative writing, reportage, photogaphy and video; and exploring their own stories, teasing out the elements of past and present experience that are most helpful to share. It's inspiring, moving, funny and challenging.....we're looking forward to more, much more. Thank you to the kind people who've donated - you're helping us fund additional sessions, above those kindly supported by the Arts Council and Culture Vannin. Please do share this widely, and help us raise more support!

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    5

    • Breesha Maddrell

      Breesha Maddrell

      Sep 11, 2019

      best of luck with the fundraising - this is a really important project

    • Liz Hull

      Liz Hull

      Aug 23, 2019

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 22, 2019

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 22, 2019

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 20, 2019

      Keep up the good work!

      £10.00

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    Douglas, Isle of Man

    Co-ordinator, The Other Island project

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