take stock exchange and artsdepot are working together on a storytelling project, working with the community of Finchley to share stories about the local area.
take stock exchange are a community storytelling company. They plan to work with as wide a range of people and groups as possible (e.g. schools, community groups, religious groups, businesses, local government and many, many others!). They will visit these groups and find ways to empower people to share stories about their experiences living and working in the local area. They then will share those stories with the other people and groups they’re working with, and vice versa - a story exchange, connecting people to others within their community.
TSX will run online workshops with the groups, sharing storytelling skills with the participants. People taking part will develop communication and performance skills, self-esteem and a sense of belonging, and empathy - an awareness and understanding of the lives of others. At the project's culmination, TSX will create a unique podcast featuring the stories they have gathered throughout the project.
take stock exchange's most recent project was with Poplar. It was the first project they had delivered remotely. Similar to what they plan for Finchley, at the end of the project they created a podcast featuring the stories they'd gathered, which you can listen to here.
The project is part of Here and Now: Celebrating the National Lottery 25th Anniversary, funded by Arts Council England. Read more about Here and Now.