Exeter Library collaborates with the University of Exeter on exciting new projectPosted on 10 May 2018
Exeter Library is excited to be working with the University of Exeter’s Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environmental Health (WCCEH) on a collaborative project in facilitating ways for younger people and their carers to tell stories about their lives and the ways they would like to use and shape spaces such as the library’s FabLab to improve their wellbeing.
A young girl with disabilities recently narrated the story of some of her life experiences as a ‘living book’ at Exeter Library. Having left full-time education she (and her carers) are now entering a new landscape, where many of the opportunities found in specialist schools need to be “re-found” in the community. This young girl and her father had just discovered the library’s FabLab. It had been a revelation to both of them: offering them both social and creative opportunities they were keen to embrace.
Young people with disabilities can often face a ‘drop off’ in support (including health, social and educational) when they leave formal education. The impact of this can be far reaching, particularly in terms of a vulnerability to social isolation (as much for their families and carers as the individual themselves). This project is a collaboration between the library, the Pelican Project (a community organisation supporting such young people) and an engaged researcher, who will come together to facilitate ways for other young people and their carers to tell stories about their lives as they are and the ways they would like to use and shape spaces such as the FabLab to improve their wellbeing.
Full details about the WCCEH project can be found here