What we do
The Village Storytelling Centre improves lives and empowers communities by bringing people together, inspiring them to find, shape and share their voices and to realise their potential through the power of Storytelling. We provide a journey for people of all ages to access the arts, to engage in & develop their own creativity; to be confident in sharing their ideas, their stories and the stories of their community, ensuring their voices are at the heart of decision making and development.
The Village was set up in 2000 in the Pollok area of Glasgow to bring accessible and vibrant creative experiences to the community. We have grown and evolved considerably over the last 20 years; now offering an accessible storytelling centre in the heart of the community and outreach service. We work with a huge range of local residents from babies to older adults, providing a comprehensive story-led programme including: weekly storytelling and arts sessions for children and young people; story-led play for early year’s children and families; story cafes, one to one storytelling sessions and weekly programmes for adults.
We work with many other communities of interest across Glasgow and beyond, including people experiencing homelessness, survivors of gender based violence, people recovering from addiction, and people with dementia. We also provide a range of training and events, both locally and beyond.
Our work in applied Storytelling is well respected throughout Europe. Our Storytellers are regularly invited to share their expertise across Europe and in recent years have delivered training and events in the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Ireland and Lithuania as well as hosting learning groups.