ONCE upon a time there was a care home near Midhurst which wanted to celebrate national storytelling week.
Celebrated each year, the special week, which this year takes place from January 28 to February 4, aims to increase awareness of the value of sharing stories.
Pendean House Nursing Home is hosting special storytelling events on Monday, January 30, and Wednesday, February 1, and is inviting members of the community along to help revive the lost art of storytelling.
Home manager Jackie Travers said: “We are going to be bringing classic stories alive so everyone is welcome to join us, whether it’s to share a favourite story or to enjoy listening to other tales and fables.
“A good read is such a valuable activity, no matter what age you are, because it inspires imaginations and brings other worlds to life. Especially for our residents, storytelling can bring back lots of childhood memories and really helps to capture these happy moments.”
More than 300 care homes are helping mark national storytelling week and Bupa has also launched a special poetry and short story competition to help residents share their memories.
Supporting Bupa’s plans is The Reader’s Organisation, a charity which brings people together for ‘read aloud’ sessions and which promotes the link between reading and wellbeing.
Among the stories and poems being shared, residents and visitors will also be able to read from Poems to Take Home, a collection of poems for reading out loud which have been specially chosen by members of the charity’s ‘Get Into Reading’ groups.
Anybody interested in attending or taking part should call 0845 600 4622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org