Storytelling inspiration for students

Health and Social care students took part in the Lumiate festival storytelling event at the college’s Sighthill Campus, to help them understand issues around ageing.

Luminate is Scotland’s ‘creative ageing’ festival and celebrates the importance on being creative in later life.

The students were joined by performance artist Donna Rutherford, who shared extracts from two of her film projects and explained her storytelling techniques. Donna’s work is centred on subjects such as displacement, family relations, ageing and miscommunication in relationships.

There were also extracts from Kin, a project exploring the changing relationship between a middle-aged child and their parent and Broth, Donna’s current project, which explores the experiences of older people in modern Scotland. Donna shared the values of storytelling techniques to create, sustain and empower communities, and alleviate social isolation through the creation of shared memories.

Rachel McFadden, curriculum manager for Health and Social Care said: “All of our students learn about values and principles, and Donna’s work helps contextualise this work and make the students consider the ageing process.

By watching Donna’s films, our students can develop an understanding of what it is like to age and lose some of your abilities and respect, and to share their own reflections on the links they have with t he older generation.”