Storytelling sessions

Rural Health’s Karen Cardillo is ready for the next wave of participants in the free Telling My Story with Scrapbooking sessions. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Workshops. Rural Health’s Karen Cardillo believes everyone has a story within them, waiting to be told.

She is helping people realise that potential through ‘Telling My Story with Scrapbooking’; a free program encouraging participants to document their stories.
Over the course of four weeks, participants have the opportunity to create a book of photos, and journal thoughts alongside.
That story may be anything from personal reflections or about a family member to a hobby or a time in one’s life.
Ms Cardillo said people often share anecdotes as they scrapbook, without thinking much of them.
“People lead such rich and rewarding lives, but they just take it in their stride,” she said.
Those who gain the most from the sessions, she said, are “people who don’t expect that they have got a story in them”.
Ms Cardillo said as well as the creative feature of scrapbooking, there is also a social aspect to the weekly meets, as well as a sense of achievement at seeing the finished product at the end of the sessions.
While Ms Cardillo says the idea for the program was not hers, she admits scrapbooking is a personal hobby.
She credited former Rural Health manager Di Murphy for the idea: “[Di] realised that there was interest in the community for people to tell their stories, but they needed some help in doing that”.
Last year, a similar program was launched and following its success, the Smithton Writers’ Group was formed.
Funded by Linc Tasmania, the first of the sessions began today (Wednesday May 21) and will run over the next month, with two sessions weekly.
Scrapbooks and materials are supplied, however participants are asked to bring along photos.
Spots for Telling My Story with Scrapbooking are still available. For more information or to book your place contact Rural Health on 6452 1266.

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