Iriss – The View from Here – Experiences of the social services workforce


Understanding, celebrating, sharing. Be part of it!

Iriss is working to raise the profile of the social services workforce by sharing practitioner experiences of working in care and support. We know that often, research about the social services workforce fails to reach those who work most closely with those supported by services, so we need your help to make sure that your voice is heard.

As part of this work known as The View from Here, we’re running a series of creative workshops that will use storytelling, songwriting and creative writing to gather frontline practitioner experiences of working in social services. This experiences will form part of a public multimedia exhibition.


In the words of Allen Ginsberg, ‘Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.’

We would like to invite you to attend a free workshop specially designed to help you find, shape and share your voice through creative writing. This workshop will be delivered by Magi Gibson, a prizewinning writer and experienced creative writing tutor.

The short pieces created at this workshop will be shared online and as part of public exhibitions designed to help the public understand what a career in care is really like. If you choose to do so, you can share what you produce with colleagues and your employer. Some of the skills you pick up may be transferable to other work you’re involved in.


What do you need to bring?

Nothing! These workshops are designed for absolute beginners, so please don’t worry if you haven’t had any experience of working in this way. The greatest asset you can bring with you is your life experience and personality, that’s what we want this workshop to embrace! Please note that this workshop is specifically for FRONTLINE PRACTITIONERS.

Be part of it; be creative!



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *