'Fostering Storytellers' is a project aimed at encouraging the use of storytelling by foster carers as a way of playing, learning and helping children in their care. There have been workshops all over the UK which teaches simple storytelling and storymaking skills for foster carers to use at home teaching how to tell both traditional and personal stories. The aim is to build relationships, help children gain confidence in telling their own stories and, most importantly, to have fun. Storytelling build strengths and relationships as well as helping deal with loss and trauma.
The project grew out of Steve's collaboration with the Fostering Network and StoryWorks and the publication 'Men Who Care' This colection of personal stories of male foster carers has become a well used training resource. From personal stories, traditional stories were seen as a away of building healthy attachment relationships and exploring difficult emotions. Storytelling is a powerful tool for foster carers and there have been workshops in all parts of the UK. The Fostering Network comissioned 'Building Relationships Through Storytelling' (written with Maria Boffey) and which has been downloaded over 5000 times from the Fostering Network's website- see publications. There are shortly to be a series of workshops for both foster carers and professionals run with storyteller and Speech and Language Therapist, Nicola Grove, funded through the the Storytelling and Health Conference 2017. Steve is also working with Storytelling Laureate, Taffy Thomas, on Home Truths- a book about the value and importance of family storytelling. The Fostering Storytellers workshops have led to storytelling being included in 'The Skills to Foster' the introductory training manual for all new foster carers in the UK.