Group Photo Concentration

Storytelling Events.

We will have some dates for our next free Storytelling Events soon! Please check back in a few days.

 

Thanks to various funders, including The National Lottery Community Fund, our events are free, but make sure you book your place in advance.

 

Men Together.

We’ve recently received some funding from the adult (18-65) community mental health transformation (No Wrong Door) programme across Hampshire, Southampton, Isle of Wight, and Portsmouth. This funding is to deliver a project to advance mental health equalities (AMHE) and support better mental health outcomes for underrepresented groups in the local area.

We are inviting men (open to anyone whose gender identity is male) to a series of informal get-togethers in community spaces across Southampton.

A place to;

  • Connect with others
  • Recognise your own resilience
  • Gain confidence to face tough times
  • Share ideas for coping strategies
  • Get linked up with local support networks

We’ll have male members of our community attending the events, helping to get conversations going and we might even bring some board games! We’ll provide some tasty food at each event too.

No need to book a ticket to come along to one of the events, and you’re more than welcome to pop in for a bit rather than stay for the whole 2 hours. Our hope is that by connecting with others and hearing stories and new perspectives everyone will leave feeling uplifted.

Please see below for event details:

Sunday August 14th
4pm-6pm

Board in the City
38-40 Onslow Road
SO14 0JG

Monday 22nd August
7pm-9pm
Olaf’s Tun
8 Portsmouth Road
SO19 9AA

Sunday 18th September
11am-1pm
Round About Cafe
Westfield Corner
SO18 2LE

More to come too!

How does a storytelling event work?

Events bring people together, creating shared human experience and connection.  By providing a platform for sharing our everyday stories of struggle, we can understand mental wellbeing and eradicate isolation.

Touch storytelling events invite people to take to the stage to share their stories of struggle and challenge with a warm, inviting audience.

Storytellers are gently supported to keep the atmosphere and discussion uplifting, positive and inspirational.  Our focus is always on hope and human resilience, which also allows for the storyteller to gain perspective on the obstacles they have overcome as well as encouraging listeners.

Our life stories are diverse, some take you on an intense rollercoaster of emotion, others are more subtle, but they all forge connection.  Listeners often relate to the story, and feel relief that they are not the only one to feel a certain way.  Speakers feel accepted and lighter through sharing their story.  As a group, we value and respect our differences and similarities simultaneously.

All stories are real and honest, hopeful and positive, with a focus on resilience and overcoming. There’s no obligation to speak, feel free to come, listen and meet new people.

Watch a storytelling event.

If you do come to an event, you can expect to leave feeling touched and inspired.  But don’t take our word for it, you can see it yourself in the video below or read the experiences of our guests.

What type of events do you run?

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!

Audience Storytelling Event

Your events have really inspired me, how can I host an event in my neighbourhood?

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.

Smiling Female Speaker Storytelling Event

I’m ready to share my story. Can I speak at your event?

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.

Touch Network Website Photos V22