Bupa care homes across the UK want to hear from people who can spin a good yarn to join in Bupa’s plans to mark National Storytelling Week. The care homes will be hosting special community storytelling events in January and are appealing for storytellers to bring tales and fables to life.

Celebrated each year, National Storytelling Week (28 January – 4 February) aims to increase awareness of the value of sharing stories. This is the second year Bupa will be marking the week, where a similar appeal last year saw hundreds of local people step forward to help care home residents enjoy a week of classic storytelling. Laura Hardaker, Bupa’s community affairs assistant, said, “Whether you’re a budding poet, a lively storyteller or you have your own tale to tell, we’d love to hear from anyone who can take part. We want to bring people of all ages together to feed imaginations, share memories and help celebrate the lost art of storytelling.”

Supporting Bupa again this year is The Reader’s Organisation, a charity that works across the UK to bring people together for ‘read aloud’ sessions. Katie Clark, older people’s project manager for The Reader Organisation, added, “This appeal is a great way of getting involved in sharing the reading experience. Storytelling makes it possible for everyone to engage with books and poems, and listening to and reading aloud different stories will have a huge impact on well being and engagement. This is a chance to reach out, connect with people and enjoy the power of stories.”

Anybody interested in attending or taking part in a Bupa storytelling event should call 0845 600 4622 or email storytellingweek@bupa.com.


Bupa resident Charles Thomas with Katie Clark, of The Reader Organisation and Laura Hardaker, Bupa’s community affairs assistant.