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Launch of VSS Toolkit – Recording Lived Experience

Recording Lived Experience: A Toolkit for Victims and Survivors

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The VSS, working with Dr Anna Bryson of Queen’s University, Belfast, has produced a Toolkit to support those engaging in projects to record the lived experience of victims and survivors.

Recording Lived Experience: A Toolkit for Victims and Survivors’ was launched on 13 April 2022, with training held online and also at Clifton House Heritage Centre, Belfast.

Launch of Toolkit at Clifton House, 14th April 2022

Pictured at the launch of the Toolkit are:
Peter Murtagh,  South East Fermanagh Foundation. Alan McBride, WAVE Trauma Centre.
Anne Cadwallader,  Pat Finucane Centre. Emma Dargan, VSS. Dr Anna Bryson, QUB.

The toolkit was written by Dr Bryson, in consultation with a working group which was established by VSS in April 2021. The working group brought together practitioners from a range of community & voluntary organisations supported by VSS with the aim of developing a toolkit that could support the design and delivery of current and future projects within this area.  A number of groups have secured funding to commence projects in the coming months and as such the resource is very timely.

Speaking at the launch, Dr Anna Bryson commented;

I have been researching and practicing oral history for more than twenty years so this toolkit provided a welcome opportunity to share some of my experiences to date – what worked, what didn’t and why. I have also learnt a great deal from my engagement with members of the working group and those who attended the training. There are a number of incredibly valuable projects in development or about to take shape and my hope is that this resource will help the various groups to navigate the challenges that arise along the way.

The toolkit (in online format) can be accessed here.              VSS Toolkit

This project has been supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

 

 

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