"We are all made of stories."

Stories help us to understand ourselves and the world around us.

Every day, we see the power of people in our community sharing their own stories in their own words. These stories have the power to change people's minds, inspire hope and push for change.

But we also see the power of fearmongering, hatred and confusion. Every single day we see multiple dehumanising stories in newspapers targeting people who are seeking safety from persecution and war.

Storytelling is one of the tools we have to fight back against dehumanisation.

Many people are keen to speak up and share their stories. But speaking to the media as somebody with lived experience can be a difficult process, and can even be re-traumatising.


Media training workshops

Our media training workshops seek to equip participants with an understanding of how the media works and tips on how to look after yourself when working with the media.

We are currently planning media training sessions. If you are an individual looking to learn more about speaking to the media, or a community group looking for training for your group, please fill out this form.

This will help us ensure that our trainings are suited to the needs of our communities.

If you are interested in finding out more, contact our Storytelling Officer.


"Meet a journalist" events

These are an opportunity for refugee communities to connect with journalists in a safe environment, where you can:

  • Ask questions about how the media works
  • Talk about the issues facing your community
  • Talk about concerns you have about speaking to the media
  • Share what your group is up to and discuss potential media stories

If you are a journalist and would be interested in being contacted about this, please sign up here.


Photography: best practice for photographing new Scots

We have worked with Open Aye and community members to establish a best practice guide for community groups when taking photographs of their work and the people they work with.

View our best practice guide.

For examples of what to think about when commissioning a photographer, and template consent forms, click on the links below.

Consent form (English)

Consent form (Arabic)

Example brief for photographers


This project is part funded by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more efficient across the European Union.

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