Opening doors with Storying Sheffield

Storying Sheffield students

Storying Sheffield is a unique course that sees students working together with service users from Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC).

On the course, second-year English Literature undergraduates work with groups such as long-term users of mental health services, to tell the stories of their lives. The paintings, films, poems and other artworks they produce form a moving and remarkable record of everyday life in the city.

The course has already attracted interest from other SHSC service users and providers, and from students at the University who are keen to get involved.

By opening its doors and by giving people a platform to express themselves, the University is making a lasting difference to lives, and encouraging students to make a positive impact in the community.

This course has given me confidence to express myself in ways I never thought possible. I have been astounded by the enthusiasm, determination and empathy shown by the students we have worked with. It's been six years since I last worked. Storying Sheffield has given me the confidence to apply for jobs, at which I've been successful. I hope this course runs every year so that more people can benefit from it.

Kathryn Littlewood