Words Work Well
Reading, writing, storytelling, new friends!
I spent last weekend on the best writing weekend ever. It was at Whatton Lodge in Gullane. With some old friends, Larry Butler, Ted Bowman, Valerie Gillies who were leading people like me who try to be better at facilitating the healing words work that we all do all the time.Organised by Lapidus Scotland, it is part of the project to bring training in bibliotherapy, using words for wellbeing, to Scotland. See more
This useful toolkit will soon be used to train new and current facilitators of groups – please let me know if you are interested!
The setting was glorious and gave us a space where we found treasures, words to express our feelings and heartfelt stories for the future. We came together to play, learn and simply share ourselves.
Thanks to everyone who was there- I am sure we are all reaping the fruits and benefits of that experience. It was like a cornerstone to start my autumn, my favourite season.
We explored the new Words Work Well Toolkit – a great collection of useful experiences of using words for wellbeing across Scotland.
I came to Gullane from Edinburgh – Embra-in Lanarkshire dialect. From my evening at the Scottish parliament where I met fellow travellers in the See Me campaign to wipe out mental health discrimination. I found the name of my local community innovation project – See Me, Read Me!Thanks to Eleanor Ogilvie and Laetitia Jan for welcoming me to this new circle of friends.
It’s great for me to belong, to share a vision – to speak openly about our mental illness experiences and especially the taboos that end some people’s lives in suicide.