Stories of Hope and Home is a story-telling project offering Asylum Seekers and Refugees a space to share their stories and others a space to hear them. The aim is to empower those who have been forced to flee and seek refuge to recognise the value of the stories of their humanity, and to create spaces of powerful personal encounter in order to challenge and change perceptions around these issues.
Registered Charity Number: 1195224
Hope and Home is a story-telling project encouraging and empowering Asylum
Seekers and Refugees to share their stories. The aim is to give these ‘experts
by experience’ space to discover their own voice, allowing them to share their
own narrative in their own words, and helping to realise that their stories,
individually and collectively have worth and value.
these stories: expressed through storytelling, poetry, theatre and other media;
to others, particularly in educational settings, the stories become powerful
points of encounter with other sectors of the community, helping to educate, to
change perceptions and to build positive relationships.
Aims and objectives of the project
To be a vehicle for language learning. Starting
from the assumption that the majority of participants will not speak English as
their first language, giving people the vocabulary, language skills and
confidence to express themselves is a core part of the project, although there
is no intention for this to constitute formal language teaching.
To build self-esteem and self-confidence.
Through discovering the value of their own story and finding their voice,
helping people to realise that they have a story to tell and that their
humanity, in all its complexity is valued. To provide opportunities for
confidence building through participation in a range of activities.
To be a mutually supportive community. The
workshops will bring together people from a diversity of cultures and
backgrounds and a key aim will to be build relationships of trust and respect
among the participants, encouraging them to support one another in the
workshops and activities, in the outreach work which follows, and more widely
within their lives and experiences.
To encourage creativity and
self-expression. Whilst the intention is to work with and from true life
stories, the aim is to help participants to explore and discover the ways in
which they are and can be creative, to avoid a mentality of having right and
wrong answers, and to overcome hesitation or reluctance to believe in their
potential of creative expression.
Education and Outreach:
To educate young people about the reality
of the lives of asylum seekers and refugees: both in relation to the issues
they face / have faced directly in relation to being asylum seekers or
refugees; but also to encompass a variety of stories which simply show their
humanity. To help them also find creative ways to engage with the subjects and
topics and make connections with their own lives.
To challenge negative imagery and
stereotypes around migration, to counter ignorance and misinformation about
these issues and to aim to change perceptions about the contribution of asylum
seekers and refugees to our communities.
To provide space to ask questions and to
engage in dialogue and encounter, in the knowledge that meeting one another
face-to-face is the best or only way to build cohesive, compassionate
To enable ‘experts by experience’ to add
their voices to campaigns aiming to bring about positive change in the
lives and experiences of asylum seekers and refugees.
To contribute to bringing positive messages
to the media