In April 2020 I had a severe stroke. At the time I remember feeling very downhearted and I couldn’t see a way I could contribute. I no longer felt “like me”...I didn’t know who I was or what I might offer or contribute to our world. At this point I met and began working with Lorna and Dave. With their support and guidance we began in a small group supporting one another to make videos of significant episodes in our lives.
As I began becoming more involved I noticed I began to laugh again and offer suggestions and ideas which were really valued in the group. At the end of the project I became a volunteer for Lippy People. I could really see the benefits participants and volunteers gain from being involved. The way Lippy People works enables people to be heard, really seen and participate, to have a place where they can belong, feel uniquely valued and to contribute and to support one another in community. A real joy to be part of.
Since the 4L’s and making my video, it’s made me think there’s nothing I should be ashamed of – I now feel like I understand my grief and I’m definitely more confident to say if I do or don’t want to talk about it.”
From my perspective 4L’s did change a lot – I don’t need people to try and fix things for me, but I can share how I feel
I know I’m being understood and that makes you feel like you’re not alone
I would recommend it to everybody to reflect at that time of life, because they end up getting peace of mind and bringing much more peace to their lives…it’s like a burden lifted off their shoulders
SONNY GAREWAL, BELLE ISLE SENIOR ACTION
Lippy People’s video storytelling explores both dark and redemptive episodes of people’s lives and embraces diversity and inclusion. Sensitively produced, the video stories are compelling and restorative for both the subjects and viewers.
DAVID SMITH, CROSSGATES & DISTRICT GOOD NEIGHBOURS
This work is a wonderful piece of work, as a project worker myself, running a project during the pandemic was a challenge but Lorna and her team's work from start to finish was exemplary. In fact I run few projects during the pandemic, but this work stands out.
NIZAMUD DIN, HAMARA CENTRE
The 4Ls project was a wonderful way for our local men to feel valued and important, as they engaged in telling their personal story, learning that their stories and lives are special to others too.