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Silver Stories (2013-2015) brought digital storytelling to community groups and elderly people.

The term Digital Storytelling describes a simple, creative process through which people with little or no experience of computers, gain skills needed to tell a personal story as a two-minute film using predominantly still images that can be streamed on the web or broadcast on television.

Silver Stories was an action research partnership spanning nine organisations across six countries. Its programme used Digital Storytelling as a means to:-

  • enhance the education and training of health and social care professionals,
  • collect and evaluate stories told by marginalized people across Europe, and
  • develop the understanding of digital storytelling as a form of oral history and identity in the age of multimedia.

Silver Stories set out to train professionals working in health, social care and related support services in the use of Digital Storytelling as a means to integrate ICT into everyday working practice. Our object was to train 180 professionals working with older people and community groups and to run 40 training workshops.  During the two operational years the partners ran 69 workshops with 30 taking place work for older citizens and 39 taking place in community settings, a total of 675 people participating in workshops.

Silver Stories created new learning material for the training of professional working with Digital Storytelling in hard to reach settings.  This included a bespoke Guide to Digital Storytelling, new course materials and specific modules for health and social care professionals working with older people.  Research papers have been presented at conferences across and papers have been published.  An exhibition of stories made by the partners has been shown in Brighton and Portugal; it will tour to other partner countries in 2016.

For Further Information Contact

Mark Dunford, Principal Investigator –

Sarah Macnee, Project Manager –

Isobel Creed, Research Officer –