Bridge Intergenerational Storytelling project

In July 2023, the Glencree Missing Peace: Youth Peace and Reconciliation project consortium held a Training Course in Weimar, Germany. Over 30 youth workers, peacebuilders and non-formal educators came together over 6-days to explore different approaches to promote youth engagement in peacebuilding. This group included 5 young women members of Glencree’s All-Island Women’s Peacebuilding Network. As a result of their participation and learnings from activities designed during the training course, the Glencree delegation went on to develop their own project centered on the concept of intergenerational storytelling.

Facilitated independently by a group of young women who are members of Glencree's All-Island Women's Peacebuilding Network, the BRIDGE Intergenerational Storytelling project is funded by the European Solidarity Corps, managed by Leargas and supported by Glencree under the Women's Leadership Programme.


The goals of the project are to:

  • create spaces for women to develop leadership skills and build intergenerational connections
  • Empower young people to contribute to their communities and national/european peacebuilding
  • Support women in having their voices heard
  • Promote peaceful and inclusive communities for all generations
  • Use storytelling to humanise others and foster understanding
  • Highlight the impact of connecting people on social cohesion and peace

  • Project Activities

    Underway since early 2024, the initial project focus was on developing the project team, both individual and as a team. This included developing an understanding of the use of storytelling to foster intergenerational connections, reflecting on personal experiences, building team capacity as leaders, and planning project activities.

    Since June 2024, the focus has turned to outward engagement, building connections with a wider community and inviting project participants to explore the use of storytelling to foster human connection across generations. Key activities during the implementation stage will include:

  • Sharing of Good Practice (ongoing)
  • Story Exchange Facilitator Training (Jul 2024)
  • Storytelling Sharing Circle - Creative Arts for Storytelling (Aug 2024)
  • Workshop - Theatre of Witness as a means of storytelling (Aug 2024)
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Residential - Reflection on Progress (Sept 2024)
  • In-person Story Exchange Event (Oct 2024)
  • Online Networking Event (Nov 2024)
  • Final Conference to showcase and share learnings (Nov/Dec 2024)

  • Upcoming Activities

    Story Exchange Facilitator Training

    Module 1: The Story Exchange, 11 July

    Module 2: N4’s Work and Application, 31 July

    Module 3: Facilitation Skills, date tbc

    Eighteen members of the Glencree All-Island Women's Peacebuilding Network are currently registered to participate in this training course. The training will be delivered by Narrative4 facilitators. Upon completion, participants will receive a Certificate and access to a Facilitator Toolkit including lesson plans and lead story exchanges for use in community settings.

    Due to high demand, registration for this Training Course is now closed. Please email if you are interested in taking part in future training and related project activities.

    The Bridge Intergenerational Storytelling project is supported by the Glencree Women's Leadership Programme.
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