Narrative Community Projects

Over the years, Thérèse and Linda have been involved in initiating and supporting various Narrative Community projects:

piemp Project

piemp’ is an Afrikaans verb that refers to speaking out, to breaking the societal codes of silence and secrecy.

piemp also refers to a community project that is rooted in my Narrative Therapy training. The first piemp project was done between 2005 and 2009 with the young people of Scottsville in Kraaifontein. This collaborative creative writing project with young people resulted in 2009 in a self published volume of poetry and drama, entitled piemp. Continue Reading.

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The Forres School Project

Forres School is a pre- and primary school in Rondebosch. It is  one of the first schools to pioneer and light up with Narrative Practice as whole school community practice in South Africa. It has a strong Narrative Practice track record spanning over the past 10 years where Linda has worked alongside Kim van der Hoven (Director at Forres) and continues to consult to the school on an ongoing basis. Continue Reading.

Petunia Library

Petunia Primary School's Library Project

Petunia Primary is located in Scottsville, a suburb of Kraaifontein outside Cape Town. In this community, children experience the effects of poverty: drug abuse, gang violence and a lack of educational opportunities. The nearest public library is not within walking distance for young children.

In February 2011 the library at Petunia Primary opened its doors. But the story begins in 2005 when I, Thérèse, worked at Petunia Primary as a volunteer school counsellor and post graduate researcher. Continue Reading.