Tall Tales

Tall Tales is a creative and digital project that has explored the use of innovative distanced resources to reach and provide high-quality activity to people living in care settings, the project was carried out between January 1st and March 31st and coincided with the third national lockdown in the UK.

The course and its resources were devised and designed by artists Chris Boote and Karyn Stavert and funded by The Charities Aid Foundation’s emergency response fund

We were keen to try out new ways of working and new themes for this project and choose the light-hearted and fun theme of the history of myths and legends over other types of course content such as life story, reminiscence work and craft. Our aim was to provide activity that was not currently being delivered and to provide content that would be a distraction from the everyday concerns and worries of the current pandemic and the restrictions that those in living in care have endured.

Chris Boote delivered the course of six sessions exploring the themes of myths, legends, and tall tales. Working directly via Zoom with 12 care homes across the UK and 93 of their home residents. In total, he delivered 73 sessions.

To provide a legacy for the project and make it accessible to a wider audience the Tall Tales sessions have been translated into online resources which are supported by a series of workbooks that can also be used as a standalone activity. Both resources and the workbooks can be downloaded from our page’s website for free use in perpetuity by any care setting or individual.

We hope you enjoy our content and find the resources, evaluation and Zoom support video of use and interest.