In 2019, the storytelling group met weekly in the spirit of ‘ubuntu’ – ‘I am a person through other people’.

Some members carry injuries that tell unforgettable stories. Others suffer here and now from unheated buildings or antisocial roommates who talk loudly on the phone through the night.

We shared our stories and offered support and fresh perspectives. We explored the gap between official promises and hard realities: complaints lines that are never answered, timescales that are ignored. Is an asylum seeker an ‘illegal person’? Not at all! Members help each other to understand and claim rights that the government declares but fails to enforce.

At the end of the year, we remembered that it is good to be alive with a banquet of food from Africa, India and Iran, wine, dancing, children and a party-loving dog!

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Storytelling workshop