Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund Curiosity Creative delivered a year long pilot Digital Storytelling project with a group of refugees and asylum seekers who access the Comfrey Project’s services.
The Comfrey Project provides asylum seekers and refugees across Tyneside with a safe, welcoming environment, which promotes personal wellbeing through a sense of place and belonging. This is achieved by various activities including allotment gardening, cooking and crafts. They have a down to earth approach to social integration and community health. Listening, sharing and inclusion are fundamental to everything they do.
Through a series of facilitated workshops, participants worked together, provided peer support, shared experiences with one another and created their own personal digital stories.
The stories produced have begun to capture the voices and experiences of refugees and asylum seekers living in Tyneside in the 21st Century. Stories captured have focused on their lives living in The North East, as well as stories from their home countries.