The Voice Project
The Voice Project is our response to the harsh societal realities affecting young people’s lives in South Africa. Over the years we have witnessed the difference Narratively orientated teachers, principals and youth care workers make by actively creating contexts in which young people can begin to re-story their lives. Our intention is to help foster a Narrative ethos in communities, where everyone is aligned around preferred values and intentions for the wellbeing of children. We believe that Narrative Practice offers the means of transforming whole communities into heartbeats of social justice and care.
The Cape Town Narrative Co-Op now offers an Introductory workshop specifically designed to introduce Narrative Practice to school principals and directors of NPO’s and their staff. Our training and combined working experience brings a depth of perspective, making our workshops relevant for people working in all areas - from early childhood to young adulthood education.
Feedback from teachers and school social workers who have recently attended our workshops
Wow. Firstly thank you so much for engaging both my brain and emotions with such simple yet powerful teachings. I am personally taking away the fact that I may not be able to change my past but I can change the narrative of it. I can then define myself by my preferred story. As a teacher I am so excited to be able to recognize that I am a witness to so many precious little lives. That I can daily challenge myself to listen and to look for the 'spaces' and help navigate children to their preferred stories. This is such a powerful, life changing and healing ‘therapy'/practice. SO POSITIVE! Lastly what a relief to know that I don't have to help 'fix' the problem or have all the answers - as we often do.. Thank you again for a 'life/ career' changing course.
I simply love the approach you (as Narrative therapists) take to empower people in our country to take a stand against bullying and abuse. It is a political issue...This is a dream come true...I can see that, as a therapeutic process, it is 'decolonizing' those attributes that we take on in South Africa: that we are not worthy; do not matter; have no part to play. Thank you for making visible the invisible.
The presenters were authentic, vulnerable and brilliant! I loved their relaxed and engaging approach, with no formal feedback sessions. A number of light bulb moments! I felt inspired to focus on being an active witness and to create a narrative for our boys; one of possibility and being good enough.
It was one of those workshops that I actually did use straight away.. There are a lot of workshops we have been on.. With this one, the very next day I felt a difference in me in looking at children: “Ah that’s the way I label the child! I wonder what another way of working with that child would be? I wonder what another story would be...?”
The workshop was wonderful. I attend a few workshops each year, always trying to keep up with trends and update my skills, but yours stood out as the best by far. I think it was the beautiful way that you modeled what you were teaching that made such an impact.
Practicalities of the project
Focusing on a re-storying and response-based philosophy of practice, the Voice Project invites principals/ CEO’s who want to take Narrative ideas into their communities, to approach us to run the Voice Project at their school or NPO.
The Voice Project starts with three Introduction to Narrative workshops. Each of these workshops are two hours in length and will be presented at the school/organization.
After the introductory workshops, we offer ongoing on-site Narrative mentoring around specific themes.