Socializing is key!
We run social events, hosted by volunteers, in coffee shops, bars, restaurants and other interesting and sociable places! Volunteers focus on an area of their interest, and publicise the event via Touch Network to our supporters. Anyone is welcome to come along, it’s best to book your space in advance, and we usually ask for a small donation to cover the cost of co-ordination. The social events are just like any other social activity, but the hosts are able to facilitate the get together in a relaxed and informal way, making sure everyone is included and made to feel welcome. They sometimes offer conversation starters to get people talking about their life, it might be a prompt question or an introduction to others, either way, its relaxed, informal and fun and gives people an opportunity to hang out and talk all things story related i.e. what’s going on in our lives. The facilitators role includes helping the social to stick to our values of an uplifting, inspiring and positive get together between friends and friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends who are connected to Touch Network in some way.
Celebrating our stories!
We run storytelling celebration nights in coffee shops, bars, restaurants and other interesting and sociable places! Often wine and nibbles are part of the ticket price and we invite local communities to come and have a different kind of good night out where they can connect with real life stories.
Usually there are four speakers, talking for 10-20 minutes each about how they have, or are, overcoming personal struggles such as managing mental health difficulties, balancing family life, coping with the loneliness, dealing with grief, facing gender issues or cultural challenges and much more. Speakers are supported to focus on the good things about their story, such as what they learnt or how they moved forward.
All stories are intended to be real and honest, but also are hopeful and positive with a focus on overcoming, so if you come to an event you can expect to come away feeling touched and inspired!