Whilst there are many stories in the news about learning disability services in the social care sector, there are few that are telling ‘good news’ and none that are told by people with a learning disability. ARC NI wanted to change this and talked to Telling It Like It Is (TILII), a group of people with a learning disability that they support who were keen to learn new skills and become Roving Reporters.
Creating a news article is different from creating other informational pieces, because they present information in a specific way. It’s important to be able to tell a story, whether it be in writing or a recording, with important information in the right way to interest the reader or audience.
TILII members are been supported by ARC to develop new skills in understanding the role of a reporter and thinking about how best to communicate the story. Sessions have and will continue to be delivered to TILII, increasing their confidence and capacity by practicing interviewing and producing reports for newsletter and for other media coverage, including using digital platforms.
All TILII members participate in different ways. Some members have chosen to be front of house and actually report, whilst others have chosen to take part in the design and development of the news article. TILII’s roving reports highlighting good news stories in communities will be used as a way of sharing local news.
We hope you enjoy keeping up to date with TILII’s Roving Reports, watching as we learn new skills and learning of the good things that are happening in communities across Northern Ireland. As we build on our skills the news reports will progress and develop in both content and design. We hope you like our new project and enjoy our exciting new reports on events that are taking place in NI’s Health and Social Care Sector.