Held in common
Tell us your story!
The Network is seeking residents’ stories for Series 2 of our Held in Common podcast!
Held in Common seeks to celebrate all that Bristol’s different communities have in common and to tell positive stories of community success.
Series 1: Silver Linings focused on positive moments residents had noticed during the coronavirus pandemic. Scroll to the bottom of this page to listen to Series 1 or follow this link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1053694
Series 2: Power in Play will focus on those moments when people in Bristol’s communities have felt empowered to tackle difficult issues - and have come out on top!
We’re looking for short (20 to 90 second) audio clips from local residents sharing their experiences of how, even during difficult times, they have discovered a greater sense of power and confidence.
The first episode of Series 2 is Home Truths: stories of people building their power from the base up - starting with standing up for secure shelter.
We are looking for contributions for this episode now!
What sort of stories are you looking for?
For the first episode of Series 2 we are interested to hear stories about your home and how your home empowers you. What does having secure shelter allow you to do? When have you most appreciated your home environment? What makes a home a home? Perhaps you’ve had to fight for your rights as a tenant, apply for asylum or navigate homelessness: what helped you to create a safe home for yourself and how has having a safer home empowered you to do what you want to do in the world?
How do I take part?
To take part in Series 2: Episode 1 please send us a WhatsApp voice note beginning with one of the following sentences:
‘For me, a place feels like a home when…’
‘Having a safe home allows me to…’ / 'If I had a safe home it would allow me to...'
You can use both sentences in your story if you want to!
Feel free to give us some background about why these aspects of home are important to you or how you have created your home.
The deadline for contributions for this episode is 12 noon on Monday 21st September 2020.
If you’re not sure whether you’ve got a story to tell, or you’re not sure how to tell it, take a look at our Story Finding & Telling Resources here:
You are welcome to submit more than one story if you want to!
How Do I Record My Story?
To record your story, you will need a smartphone and WhatsApp. Stories will be audio only.
(If you don’t have a smartphone or WhatsApp you can call Network Coordinator, Polly, on 07545 557001 or email email@example.com to discuss alternative options.)
- Using WhatsApp, add Polly as a contact on 07545 557001.
- Find a quiet place indoors with as little background noise as possible.
- Press the microphone symbol to start recording your voice note. Keep the microphone symbol pressed down while you record - or, for a longer voice note, slide the microphone symbol up to keep the microphone ‘locked’ on.
- Before you begin your story, please clearly state your full name and the area of Bristol you live in. For example: ‘Polly Tisdall, Easton Ward.’ (If you would like to submit without your name and area, you can choose to do so)
- After a pause, start with the recommended statement above and complete it with your story. Remember your story doesn’t need to be long or complicated. It might just be one moment that you are describing. Ideally clips will be between 20-90 seconds long.
- When you’ve finished, stop pressing the microphone symbol or press the ‘send’ icon and your voice note will be sent!
- Listen out for your story on the podcast in the coming weeks!
Please note: we will try to use everybody’s contributions wherever possible but on occasion may have to make an exception if the sound quality is too poor or if we are overwhelmed by contributions! We are currently exploring ways to invite contributions in languages other than English. If you speak a second language and would like to help us feature contributions from non-English speakers in your community please contact Polly.
How will my story be shared?
Your story will be shared on the podcast, which will be advertised on The Network website and social media and on Polly’s website and social media. We aim to make the podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Stories from the podcast may also be featured on Bristol Community Radio. If you would like full details of how your story will be shared, stored or edited, or would like to withdraw your story, please contact Polly or visit: https://www.bartonhillsettlement.org.uk/held-in-common-podcast-3/
You can listen to Series 1 of held in common here:
We would like to thank all of the Bristol residents who contributed to Series 1 including:
Ayla Terzi-Ruddle (Bradley Stoke), Valerie Shortall (St Judes), Bernie and Felix Munoz (Kingsdown), Saffron (St Werburghs), Suzanne (Easton), Jules Olsen (Easton) Maz (St Pauls), Maddy (East Bristol) Halgan Dahir (St Judes), Naomi Young (East Bristol), Lee Mathew Baker and James Baker (Stokes Croft), Rachel Hodgson & Helen Ashley (Super Supper Club), Shankiri Raj (Eastville), Georgina Bolton, Emma Boddy (Easton), Hibo, Nasra, Mahid and Sacad Mahamoud (St Pauls) Conor Whelan (Windmill Hill), Samira (Barton Hill), Kazuko (BS5), Hiba, Grace (Easton), Kate Oliver (Ashley), Knud Stüwe (Bishopston), Rob (Easton), Deasy Bamford and Khalif Noor (Lawrence Hill).