We’re inviting you to #StayInTouch this January.
Join us for a month of togetherness – even if we have to stay apart.
We will have a feast of free online and outdoor gatherings to connect our community while staying Covid-safe.
Whatever you come along to, you’ll find a welcoming space to share what’s on your mind, or just to be with friends.
See the January Events page for all the details.
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At our in person events you’ll hear real-life stories from ordinary, extraordinary people. The stories will be about overcoming life’s challenges; they will be real and honest, but also hopeful and positive. You can expect to come away feeling touched and inspired!
At actual events, for Covid safety, we will be:
- Capping numbers at the event. Tickets are free but make sure you book yours in advance – unfortunately we can’t admit walk-ins.
- Providing antibacterial hand gel
- Ventilating the event space
- Please wear a mask
- Please take a lateral flow test prior to actual events to ensure you are negative
Thanks to our National Lottery grant, event tickets are now free. But the generous Touch community still plays a huge role in making our work possible, and we’re so grateful for donations.
We organise both face to face storytelling events and mini online storytelling events via Zoom.
Face to face events are ticketed and are delivered according to Covid safety measures. Refreshments are sometimes included within the ticket price. We invite four speakers to talk for 10 – 20 minutes about how they have, or are, overcoming personal struggles such as managing mental health difficulties balancing family life, coping with loneliness, dealing with grief, facing cultural challenges and much more.
Our mini-storytelling events’ take place on Zoom. The mini storytelling events are introduced by a host and will feature one speaker (which is why we call them our ‘mini events’!) We will then have the opportunity to chat together. Overall, the mini storytelling events last approximately 30 minutes, so we hope you can squeeze us in during your lunch hour or before your favourite TV programme!
Our vision for Touch is for storytelling events to be held in every neighbourhood in our city.
We can’t make this a reality without Event Champions. Pick a location and get in touch with [email protected] to get the ball rolling.
Alternatively, if you have a venue you think will be the perfect setting for a storytelling event, let us know as we’re always on the lookout for interesting places to host.
Thank you for being interested in contributing to a storytelling event, we really appreciate it.
We are always on the lookout for people to share stories of overcoming something in their life, either from the present, or past. To date, we’ve had stories of overcoming grief, self-harm, depression, bipolar disorder, shyness, perfectionism, cultural barriers and much, much more, such is the varied fabric of life! Talking about life’s challenges is good for all of our mental wellbeing.
If you are interested in sharing your story, please email [email protected] with a brief outline of your overcoming journey. Debs will respond to you as soon as possible and may organise a call with her, or a colleague to discuss your story further.
All speakers will receive support and coaching from one of our team. You have approximately 20 minutes to talk. After the event, we bring our storytellers together as a group with the Touch Network team to celebrate and share how it felt to hit a vulnerability milestone.
We are very grateful to our funders who have enabled us to extend the network of our events, bringing together more people across our city to share their stories.