Creative Life Story Work Podcast

Creative Life Story Work Podcast

Find out how a creative approach to Life Story Work can help children and young people who have been in care make sense of their past and build a brighter future. A new model for Life Story Work is being rolled out in the North East of England, and this podcast shares the latest learning and investigates how it could help improve the lives of care-experienced children and young people across the country.


August 20, 2023 20 mins

Back in episode four of our podcast we heard about a short film which was being made by a group of first-time filmmakers from Redcar and Cleveland. 

Now, we catch up with members of The Studio of the Fostered Heroes, and filmmaker Laura Degnan, to find out how they feel about the film they created together, sharing their own, personal stories of care-experience. 

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How is therapeutic life story work delivered in different parts of the world? 

We chat with Professor Richard Rose from Therapeutic Life Story Work International on our podcast, and hear how life story work looks in places including the USA, Australia and Japan. 

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We meet newly qualified social workers, Phoebe and Iona, who are in their first year of work at Gateshead Council. They've both taken part in Creative Life Story Work sessions as part of their ongoing learning, and in this episode they share how the child-led approach has influenced the way they work with children, young people and carers. 

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What's it like to deliver a creative programme inside a prison?

Find out how Blue Cabin is working in partnership with
Nepacs and Deerbolt Prison to support care-experienced young men to be recognised as artists.

We talk about the benefits of creativity for prisoners, staff and the wider community, and the practicalities of working in a prison environment, with Blue Cabin Associate Artist, Nic Golightly, and ...

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How can a virtual school deliver creative activities which have relationship-building at their heart? 

We meet Owain Davies from Darlington Virtual School and Blue Cabin's Lucy Ridley, to find out how children and young people from Darlington - and the adults in their lives - have benefited from shared experiences of puppetry, film making and more. 

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How can music help care-experienced children bond with their carers?

We welcome musicians Carol Bowden and Katie Doherty to our podcast and hear about This is the Place: a new programme bringing music-making to care-experienced children aged 0-5 years and their carers in Darlington. 

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What role does life story work play in the adoption process? 

Hear personal and professional perspectives with our podcast guests: Joanne Stoddart, Blue Cabin team member and Panel Manager at Adoption Tees Valley and Tommy Dylan, adoptive parent and Creative Technologist and Researcher at Northumbria University. 

We discuss life story books, the use of imagery, and how we can improve the information given to ...

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A group of care-experienced children and young people aged between eight and 21 from Redcar and Cleveland in North East England are creating a short film to explain what it's like to be in care. 

Hear from Redcar and Cleveland Council's Wendy Medd and Blue Cabin Associate Artist, Nic Golightly, who explain how they supported members of The Studio of the Fostered Heroes to share their experiences in a safe and creative e...

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The tale of the librarian and the researcher

We welcome two guests from Leeds, which is an official Child-Friendly City. 

We're joined by Dr Delyth Edwards from Leeds University and Elvie Thompson from The British Library to find out what that means for people in the city, and to hear about the creation of a new recipe book by 30 unaccompanied, asylum-seeking young people. 

Cooked with Love: World reci...

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October 26, 2022 35 mins

How do we know that Therapeutic Life Story Work is making a difference to the lives of care-experienced children and young people? And how do we gather evidence of the change it makes? 

In this episode of the podcast we welcome three guests who have been involved in evaluating new models of life story work: Professor Richard Rose from Therapeutic Life Story Work International; Meisha Taumoefolau, MacKillop Family Servic...

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September 28, 2022 34 mins

Blue Cabin's Jenny Young and Gloria Raine take us back to 2016 when the organisation was set up to help improve outcomes for care-experienced children and young people by connecting them with creative activities.

Hear how the organisation developed connections and partnerships with local authorities and how the new model of Creative Life Story Work emerged.

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The Creative Life Story Work podcast returns in September!

Over the last year, we’ve had sparkling conversations on our podcast, with colleagues who
are delivering Creative Life Story Work with children and young people.

We’ve heard from local authority staff, social workers, evaluators, and professional artists,
and we’ve discussed how this new approach to Life Story Work was developed, and what’s

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In this episode of the Creative Life Story Work podcast, Dawn Williams talks to social worker: Pauline Hilling, and Therapeutic Social Worker: Rachel Booth about what happens before and after an All About Me session has taken place. Who are the other professionals involved? How do they work together? What connections do they make? What are they noticing? Produced and mixed by Will Sadler of Anya Media You can subscribe whe...

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March 29, 2022 23 mins
Our Creative Life Story Work Sharing Event took place in March 2022. Delegates attended from across the country and were from Local Authorities, charities, and freelancers. The event included a panel of people who have been central to the programme so far: Prof Richard Rose (Therapeutic Life Story Work International) Lisette Auton (Blue Cabin Associate Artist) Michelle Wood (Blue Cabin Associate Artist) Pam McArdle (So...
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Dawn Williams talks to Ben van Wagtendonk of Gateshead Council, and Joanne Stoddart of Darlington Council about the value of doing Life Story Work differently.
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January 17, 2022 38 mins
Dawn Williams talks to researcher Chloe Juliette, and Tom Elkins from PhotoVoice. Today we ask the question: what tools might we use to best advocate for and influence change for care-experienced young people?
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December 15, 2021 34 secs
Normal service will resume in the new year!
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October 21, 2021 24 mins
Dawn Williams is joined by Creative Facilitator, Mary Robson, to discuss the importance of reflective practice.
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September 23, 2021 30 mins
Dawn Williams is joined by Professor Richard Rose of Life Story Work International and experienced Therapeutic Life Story Worker: Lynda Gallagher to discuss the "More About Me" stage of the Creative Life Story Work process.
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August 20, 2021 32 mins
Dawn Williams is joined by researcher: Dr Delyth Edwards and artist: Lisette Auton to discuss the ethics of storytelling.
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