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Narrative 4 Special training bursaries for Limerick teachers and youth workers



Narrative 4 Special training bursaries – resources have been made available for second-level teachers and youth workers to become registered Story Exchange facilitators.

Narrative 4 Special training bursaries for Limerick teachers and youth workers

Second-level teachers and youth workers in County Limerick are being offered the chance to apply for Narrative 4 Special training bursaries to train online as a registered Story Exchange facilitator this summer. The acclaimed CPD training is being offered by national youth empathy education charity Narrative 4 and is based on an evidence-based methodology that teaches young people socially and emotional skills to improve wellbeing.

“The Story Exchange increases peer support and instils a sense of resilience and belonging by reducing feelings of isolation. It’s about getting young people to share stories breaks down barriers, builds trust and reinforces the idea that they are not alone. It’s a powerful methodology and perfect for these challenging times when we need to do more to support our young people,” said Narrative 4 Director James Lawlor.



Narrative 4 Special training bursaries

Narrative 4 Director James Lawlor

In recent months, the National Educational Psychology Service issued guidelines to schools to support students reconnecting after Covid-19 closures. It said, ‘stories can shape our future with research showing that telling stories of struggles that turn out well can give people the hope they need to live productive lives in the aftermath of major life challenges.’

The Story Exchange Programme can be delivered over 5 weeks. Through circle-work, students develop oral literacy skills, creativity skills, deep listening skills, public speaking/ storytelling skills and social and emotional learning skills. The CPD (Certified Professional Development) online training consists of four online modules and mentorship, that take about eight hours to complete. The training is recognised by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment as a key resource for the Junior Cycle wellbeing programme.

Resources for Narrative 4 Special training bursaries are available thanks to support from Rethink Ireland and other generous donors. The cost of the training is €450 but is generously subsidised by Rethink Ireland to the value of €300 meaning some places are available at €150. There are also several free bursaries available for teachers and youth workers who apply, with particular priority for those working with disadvantaged youth, Travellers, migrants and other minority communities.

About Narrative 4

Narrative 4 (N4) is a global network of educators, students and artists who use art and storytelling to build empathy between students while equipping them to improve their communities and the world. Using our core methodology, the story exchange, we help students understand that their voices, stories, actions and lives matter, and that they have the power to change, rebuild and revolutionize systems.

N4’s work focuses on the broad, yet intersecting, themes of faith, identity, immigration, violence, and the environment. N4 ambassadors around the world are creating tangible change with personal stories as their foundation.

Today, Narrative 4 is working in four continents, sixteen countries, and eighteen US states. Our global headquarters are in New York City and our N4 Ireland global centre is located in Limerick, Ireland.

Find out more about Narrative 4 Special training bursaries and apply online HERE 

For more stories on Narrative 4 go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.