Telling life’s sto­ries

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - By SI­MONE KER­WIN

A ‘ HOW to’ guide as­sist­ing peo­ple to tell or help oth­ers re­late their rich, full life sto­ries has been de­vel­oped in Wan­garatta.

‘A Guide to Writ­ing Your Life Story’ was de­vel­oped through the Life Sto­ries pro­gram which runs out of St John’s Vil­lage, of­fer­ing lo­cals the chance to work with vol­un­teers to pro­duce qual­ity books that be­come fam­ily keep­sakes and vi­tal lo­cal his­tory re­sources.

The book was cre­ated with the as­sis­tance of a $4225 grant through the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta’s com­mu­nity grants pro­gram.

Kerry Craig, ru­ral city com­mu­nity projects of­fi­cer, said the ap­pli­ca­tion stood out be­cause of the many el­e­ments in­volved, in­clud­ing the level of vol­un­teer in­volve­ment.

“There’s also the sus­tain­abil­ity of it, and the fact they are pro­duc­ing high qual­ity items, as well as all the skills and knowl­edge be­ing pooled in the vol­un­teer­ing side,” she said.

“It’s a good skills match for a lot of peo­ple look­ing to vol­un­teer in their com­mu­nity.”

Project co­or­di­na­tor Rod Davis said 75 copies of the new book, which of­fers prompts and in­for­ma­tion to help vol­un­teers and life story sub­jects, had been printed, and would be avail­able to those in­volved in Life Sto­ries.

The qual­ity colour pub­li­ca­tion has been de­signed by Emma Phillips, and of­fers an easy guide to writ­ing au­to­bi­ogra­phies in the style pro­duced through the pro­gram.

Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the pro­gram in fu­ture is en­cour­aged to con­tact Mr Davis on 0409 215286.

PHOTO: Si­mone Ker­win

RECORD­ING HIS­TORY: Life Sto­ries co­or­di­na­tor Rod Davis with Ge­orge Lee and Mar­got Col­son, who are in­volved in the in­no­va­tive pro­gram.

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