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 A few weeks ago I had a call from someone who took part in sounddelivery training last year. I love to keep in contact with people I meet to hear their news and how they're putting into practice the new skills they have learnt. At the end of the call he said "without you my story would still be inside"  and in that instant I was reminded why I do what I do and why, nearly 10 years on, sounddelivery still has an important role to play.
Over the next couple of weeks I'll be sharing some exciting news on projects we're working on including a TEDx style storytelling day on Friday 16th September in London (so Save the Date) and a crowdfunder campaign to support the production of a performance based on the story of an amazing woman I worked with recently. 

We're always looking to collaborate with our network and new organizations on projects which incorporate first hand voices to tell powerful stories.  Last week MyVoice a project we developed and delivered for the Maya Centre was brought to a wider audience at the House of Lords. I was so proud.

At the end of this year sounddelivery will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary and to mark the occasion we want to find out what sounddelivery has meant to you. We'd love to hear from all the people we have worked with over the years, so please fill out our short questionnaire. Your feedback will be appreciated. 

As always I'd love to hear what you've been working on or storytelling projects and campaigns that are inspiring you.  Please do share your news with me. 

Until next month don't forget to follow @sounddelivery on twitter, on Facebook and on Linkedin for updates on digital storytelling throughout the month. 

Thanks for reading.   

Jude Habib
Director sounddelivery
0207 993 6340

MyVoice - Stories from the Maya Centre
Last year sounddelivery worked with the Maya Centre, a charity supporting women who have experienced gender-based violence and are silenced by what has been done to them. The MyVoice project empowered the service users at the Maya Centre to share their stories, and have their voices heard. 

Last week we were proud to join the Maya Centre alongside a room of Patrons, MPs and charity sector staff at the House of Lords to share the stories gathered during the MyVoice project. At one point nearly 80 people sat silently as they listened to the moving audio testimonies recorded by the participants and then discussed the impact of what they had heard.

Many of the participants of the MyVoice project shared  their stories in the hope that it would help other women to break generational cycles of abuse. We hope events like this at the House of Lords will give people working with women the confidence to support them to tell their stories.

"In order to get better I need to be open with myself. This was an opportunity to speak out"                                         
Maya Voices Participant
Training and Consultancy - How Can we Help You?

‘Excellent training, providing the tools, focus and inspiration to develop our social media.’ 
                                                                              Sharon Overy, Imago Community

If you're exploring how your charity can make the most of your stories or deciding on the training needs of your staff or service-users we're always happy to develop new ideas with you. 

This year make sure you incoporate storytelling into your organisation's plans. It is such an effective way for your cause to have great impact.  You can buy sounddelivery vouchers which can be redeemed against any of our services including training, consultancy and mentoring. These are valid for 18 months.  Do get in touch.
Sex Workers the Opera - Join us for our latest theatre trip?
After the success of our trip to see Firebird where over 40 people joined us to see the play and post performance discussion we're planning our next trip.  Join us at the Sex Workers Opera on Tuesday 24th May at the Pleasance Theatre in London for an amazing performance and an extra special Q&A with the producers! 

Sex Workers' Opera is a multimedia production created and performed by Sex Workers and friends shattering stigma and stereotypes through music, dance and theatre. The cast are mothers, carers, sex workers all involved to challenge perceptions. Watch this video to find out all about it.

Whether or not you can make it do take a look at the work of the production company and do help them spread the word. Open Democracy has a great article about the aims of the production. 

We're looking forward to seeing it and hope to see many of you there.  Do let us know if you're planning on joining us.
Being The Story - Friday 16th September, London
We're putting the final details together for an exciting event we'll be hosting in September and that we'll be launching officially in the next few weeks.  Through our work we come across incredible individuals with stories that need to be told.  So we're providing a platform for them and inviting an audience of up to 300 charity staff to be their audience.  Think TEDTalks meets the charity sector.  We're finalising our line-up but we're also open to suggestions from our networks.  So if through your work you've come across a group or indivdual who you think would add to this event we'd be happy to chat with you about it.    Who would you want to see on stage sharing their stories?  It might be one of your volunteers, supporters, fundraisers or someone you've read about and want to hear their story first hand.  So if you have worked with, met or even just heard of anyone with an extraordinary story, please do get in touch

We look forward to revealing more about the event!
On Our Radar

Mind Media Awards
Entry for the Mind Media Awards 2016 is open, celebrating the best examples of reporting and representation of mental health in print, broadcast and digital media. This years categories are: Documentary, Entertainment, News and current affairs, Radio, Drama, Soaps or continual series,  Film, Blogger,  Publication, Journalist, and Student Journalist. If you would like to enter or suggest an entry do so here. The awards are a great way to celebrate responsible and powerful reporting and to encourage more in the future. 

Cathy Come Home
Cardboard Citizens will be re-telling the amazing story of Cathy Come Home at the Barbican Centre on Tuesday 5th July with a cast with experience of homelessness. Following the performance there will be a special panel discussion with the Institute of Fundraising to discuss how homelessness has changed in the last 50 years. We're going to be there - why don't you join us? 

Gone For Good
Gone for Good is a free app that makes donating unwanted items to charity simple. The app allows users to take a photo of the item, pick a charity to donate to and then the item is collected. The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Mind, Debra and The Salvation Army are amongst the charities who are currently supporting the app. It's a great way of encouraging more people to give to charity. 

Chasing Dad 
A few weeks ago we caught up with the documentary ‪Chasing Dad‬ - A Lifelong addiction. This heartbreaking film by Phillip Wood documents his dad's battle with addiction putting a spotlight on addiction and substance abuse. 
What makes this so powerful is how we see an addict's struggle, through the eyes of his son. It is a difficult story to watch but will have a lasting impact.
How can we help tell your stories?

‘A powerful story need to be honest, a truly felt experience with a beginning, middle and end whatever thay may be good, sad or bad. Truth speaks volumes emotions feel real.’ Expert Citizen Trainee

Storytelling can be one of the most effective ways to connect with people. We think that charities can be making more of their stories, both of the people they help and those inspired to work with them.

If your communications or fundraising staff would like training around blogging, audio and video storytelling or if you've have a particular training need in mind do give us a call.

We'd love to hear what you're looking for or talk through what we can offer your organisation. Do email or call us on 020 7993 6340 to have a chat about your training needs

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