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Although we produce a number of books aimed at adults, until recently the majority of our storytelling and training has been with children. However, the launch of our Tall Stories project involves hosting storytelling sessions in adult day centres and residential homes.
This project was first trialled with the prize money received in winning the Guardian Charity Awards in 2010. The response was overwhelmingly positive and we have subsequently received funding to roll the project out on a nationwide basis. The biggest grant is from the Big Lottery Fund.
As part of the Tall Stories project, each day centre or residential home receives three separate visits from one of our multi-sensory storytellers. Each session comprises a combination of multi-sensory storytelling and staff training. Each centre/home also receives two multi-sensory books for ongoing use and a training manual.
The number of adults with SLD or PMLD in the UK has increased by 62% since 1975 whilst the general population increased by just 7% over the same period. This large increase is mainly due to medical advances. Adults with learning disabilities face poor life chances due to social exclusion. The Tall Stories project aims to improve the long-term care and support of adults with learning disabilities through the provision of multi-sensory storytelling.
In 2014, Bag Books hosted multi-sensory storytelling sessions at 136 day centres/residential homes.