Macmillan Digital Storytelling Project
Onwards and upwards
A story of challenge, belief and hope in a bid to be normal and the realisation, through cancer, that we are all normal, normal for us.
Bookmarks of Belief
Cancer was only a part of my story. It was not the beginning and could not be the end, even if it had led to physical death.
Our workshops support people affected by cancer to tell their stories in their own words. We’re working with Scottish Book Trust to create digital stories in the form of videos. "It was really helpful to hear others’ stories. Initially they provided a guide but also the messages made me realise that everyone has a story worth listening to (including me!)” – Mhairi, Digital storyteller
Telling your story can help you connect with people, help others feel less alone, and even help improve cancer services. It can also be therapeutic and help you to work through your experience.
It’s up to you who you share your story with – you can share it as much or as little as you are comfortable with. If you choose to share it with us, we’d like to use it to help make sure we’re getting our support for people living with cancer right.
How often are the workshops?
Once a week for two hours over a period of six weeks. We also offer 1:1 support sessions between workshops.
Who can take part?
How do you attend?
You can attend the workshops online. We offer support with using video software if you haven’t used it before. You will need to have access to a computer or a tablet with an internet connection.
What happens in the workshops?
We spend the first session getting to know each other. We'll watch some digital stories and chat about them and our ideas for our own stories. Then, we'll share our stories in pairs or groups. Over the six weeks, we'll support you to write your story, record the narration, and edit it into a video using simple digital tools. Finally, we'll share and celebrate the finished stories as a group.
Who runs the workshops?
The workshops are co-hosted by Morag MacLean from Macmillan Cancer Support and Chris Leslie from Scottish Book Trust.
Who will be able to access my story?
"The whole experience was amazing. I loved every minute and it really made me think about what matters to me." Moira, Digital storyteller
It's up to you if you would like to share your story with anyone outside the group. You can:
- Keep your story just for yourself
- Share your story just with Macmillan staff, who will aim to listen and learn from it with a view to improving our service
- Share your story publicly on Macmillan and Scottish Book Trust websites, for others to watch